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Count Your Blessings and a Cry for Comfort

Watch Count Your Blessings and a Cry for Comfort
July 13, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: When you
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  • think of the things you have to
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  • be grateful for, we're talking
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  • about eternal blessings.
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  • We're talking about the
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  • blessings that Almighty God has
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  • signed and sealed with your name
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  • in it.
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  • We're talking about blessings
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  • that nobody can take away.
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  • You trusted Christ as your
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  • Savior, who can take away your
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  • eternal security?
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, his love and
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  • his blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So, let's open God's
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • This world cannot accuse
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  • me of sin.
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  • It's Paid In Full Through
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  • Jesus Amen.
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  • I'm a child of God.
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  • I'm the next of kin.
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  • To the One Who's glory fills
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  • me within.
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  • I'm still amazed at what the
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  • Lord can do.
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  • How His touch of grace is
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  • gonna take me through.
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  • To a place of joy that'll
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  • have no end.
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  • Made possible for the born
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  • again.
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  • And it's Paid In Full
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  • Through Jesus Amen.
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  • There was a woman who met
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  • with Jesus.
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  • At a well in the heat of
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  • day.
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  • She found the Water, but
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  • left her bucket.
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  • To go and tell she'd found
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  • the Way.
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  • I'm sure the scoffers must
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  • have gathered.
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  • Ones who'd known her life
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  • before.
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  • And when they told her,
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  • "You're still a sinner."
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  • I know she shouted out the
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  • door, she said.
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  • This world cannot accuse me
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  • of sin.
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  • It's Paid In Full Through
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  • Jesus Amen.
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  • I'm a child of God.
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  • I'm the next of kin.
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  • To the One Who's glory fills
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  • me within.
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  • I'm still amazed at what the
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  • Lord can do.
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  • How His touch of grace is
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  • gonna take me through.
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  • To a place of joy that'll
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  • have no end.
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  • Made possible for the born
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  • again.
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  • And it's Paid In Full
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  • Through Jesus Amen.
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  • Amen.
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  • Just like the woman, I
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  • needed Jesus.
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  • To come cleanse this heart
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  • of mine.
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  • My sinful choices had
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  • separated.
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  • Me from Holiness Divine.
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  • So when the doubters came
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  • and wondered.
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  • If this change in me would
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  • last.
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  • I boldly told them, "I've
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  • been to Calvary."
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  • "And all my sin is in the
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  • past."
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  • I said, this world cannot
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  • accuse me of sin.
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  • It's Paid In Full Through
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  • Jesus Amen.
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  • I'm a child of God.
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  • I'm the next of kin.
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  • To the One Who's glory fills
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  • me within.
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  • I'm still amazed at what the
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  • Lord can do.
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  • How His touch of grace is
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  • gonna take me through.
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  • To a place of joy that'll
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  • have no end.
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  • Made possible for the born
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  • again.
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  • And it's Paid In Full
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  • Through Jesus Amen.
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  • This world cannot accuse me
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  • of sin.
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  • It's Paid In Full Through
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  • Jesus Amen.
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  • I'm a child of God.
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  • I'm the next of kin.
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  • To the One Who's glory fills
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  • me within.
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  • I'm still amazed at what the
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  • Lord can do.
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  • How His touch of grace is
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  • gonna take me through.
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  • To a place of joy that'll
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  • have no end.
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  • Made possible for the born
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  • again.
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  • And it's Paid In Full
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  • Through Jesus Amen.
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  • Made possible for the born
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  • again.
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  • And it's Paid In Full
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  • Through Jesus Amen.
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  • Made possible for the born
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  • again.
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  • And it's Paid In Full
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  • - Dr. Stanley: When is
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  • the last time you stopped to
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  • count your blessings?
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  • Now, let's go beyond the things
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  • we normally think about: whether
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  • you have a nice automobile to
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  • drive and you live in a nice
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  • neighborhood, you wear beautiful
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  • clothes, or you have a good job.
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  • So, you can think of a lot of
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  • things like that that you're
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  • grateful for, but I want to go
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  • beyond that.
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  • I want to think about what the
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  • Word of God says as far as the
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  • source of our blessings.
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  • In other words, you work hard
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  • and you have a salary, so you
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  • sort of feel like you deserve
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  • that, and a few other things in
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  • life.
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  • But I want us think about the
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  • blessings that you have that
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  • come from God, purchased by the
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  • blood of Jesus at Calvary,
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  • blessings that most people never
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  • think about, blessings that many
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  • people have never heard about,
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  • but specific blessings that you
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  • and I can claim as our own as a
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  • result of a relationship to
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • And so, as we think about it, I
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  • want you to start, and let's
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  • look, if you will, beginning in
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  • Ephesians chapter one.
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  • And I want us to read a few
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  • verses in this chapter.
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  • And I want you to think clearly
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  • about some things you probably
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  • have not thought about in a
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  • pretty good while.
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  • Ephesians chapter one, "Paul, an
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  • apostle of Jesus Christ by the
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  • will of God, to the saints who
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  • are at Ephesus and who are
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  • faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace
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  • to you and peace from God our
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  • Father and the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ."
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  • Now, listen to this, "Blessed be
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  • the God and Father of our Lord
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  • Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
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  • with every spiritual blessing in
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  • the heavenly places in Christ,
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  • just as He chose us in Him,"
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  • that is in Christ, "before the
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  • foundation of the world, that we
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  • would be holy and blameless
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  • before Him.
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  • In love He predestined us to
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  • adoption as sons through Jesus
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  • Christ Himself, according to the
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  • kind intention of His will, to
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  • the praise of the glory of His
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  • grace, which He freely bestowed
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  • on us in the Beloved.
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  • In Him," that is in Christ, "we
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  • have redemption through His
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  • blood, the forgiveness of our
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  • sins, our trespasses, according
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  • to the riches of His grace which
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  • He lavished on us.
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  • In all wisdom and insight."
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  • What an awesome, awesome promise
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  • of God.
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  • Because some of those words most
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  • people probably haven't even
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  • thought about.
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  • Now, watch this, He chose you in
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  • Christ Jesus before the
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  • foundation of the world.
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  • Who did the choosing?
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  • God did the choosing.
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  • He chose us in Christ Jesus,
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  • "Before the foundation of the
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  • world," in order that what?
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  • What's His purpose for choosing
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  • us?
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  • To have a good time?
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  • To be successful?
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  • To have notoriety?
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  • No.
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  • He chose us, "That we would be
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  • holy and blameless," holy and
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  • blameless before Him.
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  • "In love He predestined us to
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  • adoption as sons."
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  • Think about that.
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  • That's a whole bunch of sermons
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  • in one verse of Scripture.
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  • It took somebody listening to
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  • Almighty God to be able to even
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  • think those thoughts.
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  • That's not the thinking or the
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  • reasoning of a man, this is the
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  • language of deity.
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  • This is the language of God.
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  • This is the knowledge of Holy
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  • God.
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  • Predestined, chosen in Him,
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  • according to His predestined
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  • will.
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  • "To the praise of His glory
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  • which He freely bestowed us in
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  • the Beloved.
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  • In Him we have redemption," that
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  • is, salvation through Him, "the
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  • forgiveness of our sins to the
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  • riches of His grace."
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  • Do you know how blessed you are?
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  • If you are a child of God, look
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  • how rich you are, wealthy you
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  • are with things that money can't
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  • buy and something that nobody
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  • can take away from you.
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  • Watch this, "Predestined us to
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  • adoption."
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  • "Chose us in Him," watch this,
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  • "chose us in Him before,"
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  • Genesis one one.
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  • This is one of the blessings of
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  • Almighty God, that God has made
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  • a choice of us even before we
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  • were born, He did the choosing.
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  • So, that's one thing we could
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  • think about.
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  • Then, I think about this
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  • thirteenth verse, "In Him," that
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  • is in Christ, "you also, after
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  • listening to the message of
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  • truth, the gospel of your
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  • salvation, having also believed,
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  • you were sealed in Christ with
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  • the Spirit of promise."
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  • Look at that.
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  • What we just read, first of all,
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  • he says, "Here's what you can
  • 00:10:14.160 --> 00:10:16.000
  • count on."
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  • You can count on the fact that
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  • you were sealed as a child of
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  • God.
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  • That what He promised will come
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  • to pass.
  • 00:10:23.220 --> 00:10:24.180
  • Nobody can break the seal of
  • 00:10:24.280 --> 00:10:27.280
  • Holy God, Almighty God,
  • 00:10:27.280 --> 00:10:30.130
  • Sovereign God of the universe.
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  • And these are the blessings,
  • 00:10:32.270 --> 00:10:34.050
  • oftentimes, that we overlook.
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  • And we think about blessings
  • 00:10:36.170 --> 00:10:37.290
  • being this and that and
  • 00:10:37.290 --> 00:10:39.050
  • something you can buy, whatever
  • 00:10:39.050 --> 00:10:40.140
  • it might be.
  • 00:10:40.140 --> 00:10:41.110
  • Here are blessings that, watch,
  • 00:10:41.110 --> 00:10:43.020
  • here are blessings that have
  • 00:10:43.020 --> 00:10:44.030
  • already been purchased.
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  • Already been purchased.
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  • Purchased by the blood of Jesus,
  • 00:10:48.190 --> 00:10:51.190
  • wrapped in the grace of God
  • 00:10:51.190 --> 00:10:53.130
  • given to every single one of us
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:55.080
  • who is willing to believe Him.
  • 00:10:55.080 --> 00:10:57.080
  • That's how blessed we are.
  • 00:10:57.080 --> 00:10:59.140
  • Then in chapter twelve of First
  • 00:10:59.140 --> 00:11:01.280
  • Corinthians, he talks about the
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  • fact that we have been gifted.
  • 00:11:05.030 --> 00:11:07.220
  • That is, that we have a variety
  • 00:11:07.220 --> 00:11:09.070
  • of gifts.
  • 00:11:09.070 --> 00:11:10.000
  • That is this, watch this, the
  • 00:11:10.000 --> 00:11:11.150
  • God who made this promise has
  • 00:11:11.150 --> 00:11:14.050
  • gifted you in order for you to
  • 00:11:14.050 --> 00:11:17.020
  • accomplish whatever He has in
  • 00:11:17.020 --> 00:11:18.230
  • mind for you in life.
  • 00:11:18.230 --> 00:11:20.190
  • There are seven major gifts, but
  • 00:11:20.190 --> 00:11:23.010
  • many other gifts, and so He has
  • 00:11:23.110 --> 00:11:26.110
  • equipped us to live out our life
  • 00:11:27.060 --> 00:11:30.060
  • according to that gift.
  • 00:11:30.060 --> 00:11:32.120
  • For the, for example, there's
  • 00:11:32.120 --> 00:11:33.200
  • the gift of service.
  • 00:11:33.200 --> 00:11:35.060
  • And a person with the gift of
  • 00:11:35.060 --> 00:11:36.080
  • service, that's what motivates
  • 00:11:36.080 --> 00:11:38.030
  • them.
  • 00:11:38.030 --> 00:11:38.210
  • They want to serve.
  • 00:11:38.210 --> 00:11:40.030
  • Now, most people don't want the
  • 00:11:40.030 --> 00:11:41.080
  • gift of service because they
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:42.250
  • think, "Well, I've got to serve
  • 00:11:42.250 --> 00:11:43.260
  • somebody."
  • 00:11:43.260 --> 00:11:44.280
  • No, you're serving God.
  • 00:11:44.280 --> 00:11:47.260
  • All of us, whatever we're doing,
  • 00:11:47.260 --> 00:11:49.100
  • we're serving God.
  • 00:11:49.100 --> 00:11:50.220
  • So, if I'm serving God, it's
  • 00:11:50.220 --> 00:11:52.140
  • important.
  • 00:11:52.140 --> 00:11:53.260
  • It may be unimportant to some
  • 00:11:53.260 --> 00:11:55.110
  • people, but it's important to
  • 00:11:55.110 --> 00:11:56.130
  • you.
  • 00:11:56.130 --> 00:11:57.140
  • Here's the thing, you will do
  • 00:11:57.140 --> 00:11:59.020
  • best what you are gifted by God
  • 00:11:59.050 --> 00:12:02.070
  • to do because He had that in
  • 00:12:02.070 --> 00:12:04.150
  • mind for you.
  • 00:12:04.150 --> 00:12:06.180
  • When somebody says, "I don't
  • 00:12:06.180 --> 00:12:07.190
  • feel important."
  • 00:12:07.190 --> 00:12:08.160
  • You're important.
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  • When He says He chose you before
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:12.270
  • the foundation of the world,
  • 00:12:12.270 --> 00:12:14.000
  • that says you're very important.
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:16.250
  • That Jesus died on the cross for
  • 00:12:16.250 --> 00:12:18.060
  • your sins, you're very
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:19.180
  • important.
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:20.170
  • You're indwelt with the Holy
  • 00:12:20.170 --> 00:12:21.170
  • Spirit, you're very important.
  • 00:12:21.170 --> 00:12:24.020
  • So, promise after promise after
  • 00:12:24.020 --> 00:12:25.260
  • promise.
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:26.230
  • And then, for example, in John
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  • fourteen twenty-one, he says,
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  • "He who loves Me will be loved
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  • of My Father, and I will love
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  • him and will reveal Myself to
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  • him."
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  • Think about that.
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:39.060
  • He says He loves us.
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  • And I discover a lot of people
  • 00:12:42.010 --> 00:12:43.140
  • who do not feel loved.
  • 00:12:43.140 --> 00:12:45.220
  • They don't feel loved.
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:47.070
  • They can tell you why that--they
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:48.130
  • can tell you why God doesn't
  • 00:12:48.130 --> 00:12:49.260
  • love them.
  • 00:12:49.260 --> 00:12:50.230
  • Because this has never happened,
  • 00:12:50.230 --> 00:12:52.000
  • or that's never happened, or
  • 00:12:52.000 --> 00:12:53.010
  • they don't have this, they've
  • 00:12:53.010 --> 00:12:54.040
  • never been there, whatever it
  • 00:12:54.040 --> 00:12:55.040
  • might be.
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  • God loves every single one
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  • of us.
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  • And I love that thirty-first
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  • chapter of Jeremiah.
  • 00:13:00.130 --> 00:13:01.220
  • Look at for a moment.
  • 00:13:01.220 --> 00:13:02.190
  • This is the Old Testament, but I
  • 00:13:02.190 --> 00:13:03.250
  • want you to see this verse.
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  • Thirty-first chapter, listen to
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  • this, "I have loved you with an
  • 00:13:08.200 --> 00:13:11.200
  • everlasting love, therefore I
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:14.240
  • have drawn you with
  • 00:13:14.240 --> 00:13:16.140
  • lovingkindness."
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:17.270
  • Who else can say to you, "I've
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.290
  • loved you with an everlasting
  • 00:13:19.290 --> 00:13:21.070
  • love"?
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:23.220
  • Most people have never felt
  • 00:13:23.220 --> 00:13:26.060
  • real, true, genuine love by
  • 00:13:26.060 --> 00:13:28.160
  • anybody.
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:29.270
  • Sons and daughters of their
  • 00:13:29.270 --> 00:13:31.010
  • parents, parents, whoever it
  • 00:13:31.010 --> 00:13:32.280
  • might be.
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:34.090
  • "I have loved you with an
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:35.270
  • everlasting love."
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  • Do you know how long
  • 00:13:36.260 --> 00:13:37.110
  • everlasting is?
  • 00:13:37.250 --> 00:13:40.250
  • How long is everlasting?
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  • That means it never ceases.
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  • It has never ceased.
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  • We're loved by God twenty-four
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  • hours a day.
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  • You say, "Well, why does He
  • 00:13:50.100 --> 00:13:51.140
  • allow these things to happen?
  • 00:13:51.140 --> 00:13:52.140
  • I can't answer that question,
  • 00:13:52.140 --> 00:13:54.000
  • except that I know this: nothing
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:55.290
  • happens to you if you're a child
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:57.180
  • of God without His knowledge of
  • 00:13:57.200 --> 00:14:00.220
  • it and His presence and His
  • 00:14:00.220 --> 00:14:02.190
  • power.
  • 00:14:02.190 --> 00:14:03.290
  • Why does He let certain things
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:05.070
  • happen?
  • 00:14:05.070 --> 00:14:06.040
  • All of us have suffered things
  • 00:14:06.040 --> 00:14:07.250
  • that we didn't choose to suffer,
  • 00:14:07.250 --> 00:14:09.220
  • we didn't like.
  • 00:14:09.220 --> 00:14:11.000
  • We'd like for God to have done
  • 00:14:11.000 --> 00:14:12.070
  • it some other way.
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:13.180
  • But that's what He allowed.
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:15.060
  • And He'll take every
  • 00:14:15.060 --> 00:14:16.010
  • circumstance in life and turn it
  • 00:14:16.010 --> 00:14:17.280
  • for our good if we'll trust Him.
  • 00:14:17.280 --> 00:14:20.190
  • If we'll recognize that our God
  • 00:14:20.190 --> 00:14:22.210
  • loves us, He cares for us.
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:24.140
  • He's written our name in the
  • 00:14:24.140 --> 00:14:25.230
  • Lamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:14:25.230 --> 00:14:28.000
  • And He says, "Don't let your
  • 00:14:28.000 --> 00:14:29.110
  • heart be troubled," or be
  • 00:14:29.110 --> 00:14:30.150
  • afraid.
  • 00:14:30.150 --> 00:14:31.110
  • Moment by moment, we have the
  • 00:14:31.110 --> 00:14:33.050
  • presence of Almighty God.
  • 00:14:33.050 --> 00:14:35.210
  • Don't be afraid.
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:37.290
  • He says, for example, in John
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:39.150
  • fourteen, He says, "My peace
  • 00:14:39.150 --> 00:14:42.030
  • I'll leave with you.
  • 00:14:42.030 --> 00:14:43.070
  • My peace I give to you."
  • 00:14:43.070 --> 00:14:45.090
  • He doesn't promise peace in this
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:47.090
  • world.
  • 00:14:47.090 --> 00:14:47.270
  • We live in a world that's full
  • 00:14:47.270 --> 00:14:48.290
  • of warfare.
  • 00:14:48.290 --> 00:14:50.170
  • And yet, He says, "My peace I
  • 00:14:50.170 --> 00:14:53.140
  • give unto you."
  • 00:14:53.140 --> 00:14:54.210
  • He doesn't throw it out as a
  • 00:14:54.210 --> 00:14:56.000
  • blanket.
  • 00:14:56.000 --> 00:14:56.240
  • He gives you peace, him peace,
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:58.120
  • her peace, them peace, my peace.
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:15:00.050
  • He gives us peace.
  • 00:15:00.050 --> 00:15:02.130
  • Because that's who He is.
  • 00:15:02.130 --> 00:15:03.280
  • He intends for us to have peace.
  • 00:15:03.280 --> 00:15:05.280
  • The word peace in the Greek is a
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:07.250
  • little word.
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:09.000
  • "Eirene" is a pronunciation
  • 00:15:09.000 --> 00:15:11.010
  • of it.
  • 00:15:11.010 --> 00:15:11.270
  • It means to bind together.
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:14.180
  • God intends for us to be bound
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:16.100
  • together with Him, to have His
  • 00:15:16.100 --> 00:15:18.190
  • peace, His joy, His love, His
  • 00:15:18.190 --> 00:15:21.190
  • satisfaction, even in difficult
  • 00:15:21.190 --> 00:15:23.160
  • times.
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:25.020
  • We are blessed in ways that we
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:28.040
  • never think about.
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.080
  • And then He says, for example,
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:30.230
  • in Philippians four nineteen, he
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:33.130
  • says, "My God shall supply all
  • 00:15:33.130 --> 00:15:36.080
  • your needs according to His
  • 00:15:36.080 --> 00:15:38.080
  • riches in glory in Christ
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:39.290
  • Jesus."
  • 00:15:39.290 --> 00:15:40.290
  • Now, here's what he does not
  • 00:15:40.290 --> 00:15:41.290
  • say.
  • 00:15:41.290 --> 00:15:43.020
  • He does not say that God will
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:44.120
  • supply everything you want.
  • 00:15:44.120 --> 00:15:46.240
  • When you trust Jesus Christ as
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:48.090
  • your Savior, watch this, you
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:50.050
  • come under the awesome umbrella
  • 00:15:50.050 --> 00:15:52.030
  • of a Sovereign God, who not only
  • 00:15:52.030 --> 00:15:54.230
  • will provide everything you
  • 00:15:54.230 --> 00:15:56.030
  • need, He'll provide it in time,
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:59.210
  • when He knows you need it, when
  • 00:15:59.210 --> 00:16:01.120
  • He knows it's best to give it
  • 00:16:01.120 --> 00:16:02.200
  • to you.
  • 00:16:02.200 --> 00:16:03.190
  • He'll protect you, watch over
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:05.010
  • you, and care for you
  • 00:16:05.010 --> 00:16:06.000
  • no matter what.
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:06.170
  • It doesn't mean you won't
  • 00:16:06.170 --> 00:16:07.100
  • suffer.
  • 00:16:07.100 --> 00:16:08.090
  • Doesn't mean you won't have hard
  • 00:16:08.090 --> 00:16:09.200
  • times, because what drives us to
  • 00:16:09.200 --> 00:16:12.050
  • God?
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:13.180
  • Is oftentimes pain and suffering
  • 00:16:13.180 --> 00:16:15.290
  • and hurt.
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:17.060
  • And we're driven to God also by
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:19.080
  • His awesome love for us.
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:21.190
  • When you think of the things you
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:22.270
  • have to be grateful for, we're
  • 00:16:22.270 --> 00:16:24.190
  • talking about eternal blessings.
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:27.040
  • We're talking about the
  • 00:16:27.040 --> 00:16:28.040
  • blessings that Almighty God has
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:29.240
  • signed and sealed with your name
  • 00:16:29.240 --> 00:16:31.280
  • in it.
  • 00:16:31.280 --> 00:16:33.010
  • We're talking about blessings
  • 00:16:33.010 --> 00:16:34.040
  • that nobody can take away.
  • 00:16:34.040 --> 00:16:35.230
  • You trusted Christ as your
  • 00:16:35.230 --> 00:16:36.280
  • Savior, who can take away your
  • 00:16:36.280 --> 00:16:38.220
  • eternal security?
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:40.020
  • Nobody.
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:42.030
  • What are we thankful for?
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:44.090
  • What do we take for granted?
  • 00:16:45.150 --> 00:16:48.150
  • And most of the time, I'm afraid
  • 00:16:48.150 --> 00:16:50.050
  • we're thankful for material
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:51.220
  • things: where you live, what you
  • 00:16:51.220 --> 00:16:54.100
  • drive, what you wear, your job,
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:56.220
  • and this, that, and the other.
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:58.070
  • The most precious, valuable
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:01.290
  • commodities of your life are all
  • 00:17:01.290 --> 00:17:04.070
  • spiritual things.
  • 00:17:04.070 --> 00:17:05.220
  • The presence of God, the power
  • 00:17:05.220 --> 00:17:07.110
  • of God, a knowledge of God.
  • 00:17:07.110 --> 00:17:09.070
  • Think about this, think about
  • 00:17:09.070 --> 00:17:10.110
  • what you know about the Lord.
  • 00:17:11.140 --> 00:17:14.140
  • You're blessed.
  • 00:17:14.140 --> 00:17:16.020
  • You're blessed every day.
  • 00:17:16.020 --> 00:17:18.030
  • You're blessed with eternal life
  • 00:17:18.030 --> 00:17:20.120
  • that never ceases, with the
  • 00:17:20.120 --> 00:17:22.090
  • eternal presence of Almighty
  • 00:17:22.090 --> 00:17:23.270
  • God, who answers our prayers,
  • 00:17:23.270 --> 00:17:26.180
  • who says, "I'll never leave you
  • 00:17:26.180 --> 00:17:28.090
  • nor forsake you.
  • 00:17:28.090 --> 00:17:29.090
  • I'll supply all your needs."
  • 00:17:29.090 --> 00:17:31.210
  • The problem is we don't know the
  • 00:17:31.210 --> 00:17:33.130
  • God we say we serve.
  • 00:17:33.130 --> 00:17:35.060
  • You can come to church and sing
  • 00:17:35.290 --> 00:17:38.290
  • about the grace of God and sing
  • 00:17:38.290 --> 00:17:41.080
  • about the goodness of God, and
  • 00:17:41.080 --> 00:17:42.260
  • watch this, you can sing it and
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:45.280
  • it comes in your mind, out your
  • 00:17:45.280 --> 00:17:48.010
  • lips, but as far as
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:49.070
  • experiencing, enjoying the
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:52.030
  • awesome God, do you enjoy
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:54.210
  • talking to God?
  • 00:17:54.210 --> 00:17:56.040
  • When I think about prayer and
  • 00:17:56.040 --> 00:17:58.100
  • the wonderful privilege of,
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:17:59.160
  • watch this, look around you.
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:01.240
  • Who created all this?
  • 00:18:01.240 --> 00:18:04.030
  • The Sovereign God of the
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:05.070
  • universe created everything
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:06.220
  • that's here.
  • 00:18:06.220 --> 00:18:08.070
  • You and I have the privilege of
  • 00:18:08.070 --> 00:18:10.030
  • talking to Him.
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:11.250
  • Now, you probably have somebody
  • 00:18:11.250 --> 00:18:13.100
  • in life that you just love
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:15.010
  • talking to them or listening to
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:17.070
  • them.
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:18.280
  • What about God?
  • 00:18:19.080 --> 00:18:22.080
  • What about God?
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:24.200
  • You can talk to God.
  • 00:18:24.200 --> 00:18:27.070
  • You say, "Well, I don't know Him
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:28.080
  • very well."
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:29.020
  • The reason you don't know Him
  • 00:18:29.020 --> 00:18:30.070
  • very well is because you don't
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:31.130
  • read His Book.
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  • When you read His Book, you get
  • 00:18:33.150 --> 00:18:35.060
  • excited.
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  • When you read His Book, you're
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:38.180
  • thrilled about what He can do.
  • 00:18:39.090 --> 00:18:42.090
  • When you read His Book, all of a
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:43.260
  • sudden, you get a whole
  • 00:18:43.260 --> 00:18:44.230
  • different opinion of who God is.
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:46.210
  • He is not somebody out in the
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  • far future somewhere, invisible
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:51.060
  • future.
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:52.060
  • But He is a warm, intimate,
  • 00:18:52.060 --> 00:18:54.010
  • personal God, listen, who sent
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:56.180
  • His Son, Jesus, in order that
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:58.130
  • you and I may recognize, yes, He
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:19:01.060
  • can feel what I feel.
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:03.010
  • Yes, He does understand when I
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:05.190
  • hurt.
  • 00:19:05.190 --> 00:19:06.120
  • Yes, He does understand when I
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:08.010
  • don't understand.
  • 00:19:08.010 --> 00:19:09.250
  • That's the God we serve.
  • 00:19:09.250 --> 00:19:11.240
  • The world in which you and I
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:13.010
  • live do not--they don't know the
  • 00:19:13.010 --> 00:19:14.250
  • God you and I serve.
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:17.010
  • And then in first Corinthians,
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:18.140
  • fifteen, fifty-one.
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:20.100
  • Listen to what He says, He says,
  • 00:19:20.200 --> 00:19:23.200
  • "Behold, I tell you a mystery,
  • 00:19:23.200 --> 00:19:25.200
  • we will not all sleep, but we
  • 00:19:25.200 --> 00:19:27.280
  • will all be changed, in a
  • 00:19:27.280 --> 00:19:30.080
  • moment, in a twinkling of an
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:31.200
  • eye, at the last trump, the
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:33.080
  • trump will sound, the dead will
  • 00:19:33.080 --> 00:19:34.200
  • be raised imperishable, and we
  • 00:19:34.200 --> 00:19:36.200
  • will be changed."
  • 00:19:36.200 --> 00:19:37.180
  • Which means what?
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  • Your loved one, my loved ones,
  • 00:19:39.210 --> 00:19:42.150
  • whose body we saw last in a
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:44.080
  • casket, placed in a hole,
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:46.200
  • covered with dirt, that's not
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:48.240
  • the end.
  • 00:19:48.240 --> 00:19:50.120
  • There's a resurrection for every
  • 00:19:50.120 --> 00:19:52.210
  • single child of God, a new body
  • 00:19:53.100 --> 00:19:56.100
  • that exists forever and ever
  • 00:19:56.100 --> 00:19:57.210
  • with Almighty God.
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:19:58.240
  • Thank God there is no end to
  • 00:19:58.240 --> 00:20:01.130
  • your life.
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:03.000
  • That's a promise of Almighty
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:04.120
  • God.
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:05.160
  • That's why we don't have to fear
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:06.170
  • death.
  • 00:20:07.100 --> 00:20:10.100
  • When is the last time you
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:11.140
  • thanked Him, that when He calls
  • 00:20:11.140 --> 00:20:14.040
  • you home, you're going to meet
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:15.220
  • Him face to face?
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:17.140
  • When's the last time you ever
  • 00:20:17.140 --> 00:20:18.110
  • said, "Lord, I don't know when,
  • 00:20:18.110 --> 00:20:20.110
  • I'm not too happy about coming
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:21.210
  • too soon, but I'm happy about it
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:23.260
  • when I do come, I'm going to
  • 00:20:23.260 --> 00:20:25.060
  • meet You.
  • 00:20:25.060 --> 00:20:27.000
  • I'm going to be happy to meet
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:28.000
  • You, Lord."
  • 00:20:28.000 --> 00:20:30.000
  • When I think about all You've
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:31.000
  • done for me, all the stuff
  • 00:20:31.000 --> 00:20:31.290
  • You've--all the things You've
  • 00:20:31.290 --> 00:20:33.080
  • gotten me through and all the
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:35.000
  • mistakes I've made and sins I've
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:36.170
  • committed, and You're still
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:37.240
  • going to meet me.
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:40.010
  • The blood of Jesus Christ has
  • 00:20:40.010 --> 00:20:42.190
  • washed us clean and made us pure
  • 00:20:42.210 --> 00:20:45.210
  • in His sight.
  • 00:20:45.210 --> 00:20:46.270
  • God is our God, not some
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:49.070
  • fictitious idea that people
  • 00:20:49.070 --> 00:20:50.280
  • write about.
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:51.280
  • The Sovereign God of the
  • 00:20:51.280 --> 00:20:53.070
  • universe, He's God.
  • 00:20:53.070 --> 00:20:55.140
  • And I think--what He says in
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:58.010
  • John fourteen, I'm going, "To
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:20:59.140
  • prepare a place for you.
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:01.130
  • And if I go to prepare a place
  • 00:21:01.130 --> 00:21:02.230
  • for you, I'll come again to
  • 00:21:02.230 --> 00:21:03.250
  • receive you to Myself, that
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:05.090
  • where I am, there you may be
  • 00:21:05.090 --> 00:21:07.000
  • also."
  • 00:21:07.000 --> 00:21:08.270
  • And so, another one of His
  • 00:21:08.270 --> 00:21:10.150
  • promises.
  • 00:21:10.150 --> 00:21:13.000
  • Listen, going to prepare a place
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:14.270
  • for you.
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:16.120
  • If somebody says, "What's heaven
  • 00:21:16.120 --> 00:21:17.190
  • going to be like?"
  • 00:21:17.190 --> 00:21:18.210
  • I don't know.
  • 00:21:18.210 --> 00:21:20.170
  • I'll tell you what I do know.
  • 00:21:20.170 --> 00:21:22.070
  • It's going to be like the God I
  • 00:21:22.190 --> 00:21:25.190
  • serve and you serve.
  • 00:21:25.190 --> 00:21:27.140
  • That's what heaven's going to be
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:28.110
  • like.
  • 00:21:28.110 --> 00:21:29.140
  • I do want to see Jesus.
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:32.010
  • I do want to see Jesus.
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:34.170
  • - Dr. Stanley: When I think
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:38.270
  • about all that we have to be
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:40.090
  • grateful for.
  • 00:21:40.090 --> 00:21:41.270
  • And when He says, "I'm going to
  • 00:21:41.270 --> 00:21:42.290
  • prepare a place for you.
  • 00:21:42.290 --> 00:21:44.290
  • And if I go to prepare a place
  • 00:21:44.290 --> 00:21:46.050
  • for you, I'll come again one of
  • 00:21:46.050 --> 00:21:48.120
  • these days to receive you to
  • 00:21:48.120 --> 00:21:49.230
  • Myself, that where I am there
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:52.260
  • you will be also."
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:56.130
  • Now, there's one other thing I'm
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:59.160
  • grateful for...
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:05.200
  • Many, many people, many people
  • 00:22:06.160 --> 00:22:09.160
  • in the world have never seen
  • 00:22:09.160 --> 00:22:10.220
  • one.
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:12.180
  • Many people, if they saw it,
  • 00:22:12.180 --> 00:22:13.190
  • wouldn't know what it is.
  • 00:22:13.190 --> 00:22:15.160
  • Of all the things that exist on
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:17.150
  • the face of this earth, here's
  • 00:22:17.240 --> 00:22:20.240
  • number one.
  • 00:22:20.240 --> 00:22:22.200
  • Here's how it all started.
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:24.170
  • Here's how it all going to end.
  • 00:22:24.220 --> 00:22:27.220
  • And here's what's going to
  • 00:22:27.220 --> 00:22:28.160
  • happen from beginning to end.
  • 00:22:28.160 --> 00:22:30.270
  • The Living Word of God.
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:33.260
  • Every parent should teach it to
  • 00:22:33.260 --> 00:22:35.150
  • their children.
  • 00:22:35.150 --> 00:22:37.170
  • And one of the first gifts you
  • 00:22:37.170 --> 00:22:38.200
  • ought to give your child is a
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.200
  • copy of the Word of God.
  • 00:22:40.200 --> 00:22:42.060
  • There are people who live and
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:43.140
  • die just to get a copy of the
  • 00:22:44.040 --> 00:22:47.040
  • Word of God.
  • 00:22:47.060 --> 00:22:50.060
  • "The grass withers and the
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:52.130
  • flowers fade, but the Word of
  • 00:22:52.130 --> 00:22:55.040
  • our God stands forever."
  • 00:22:55.070 --> 00:22:58.070
  • Amen?
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:22:59.220
  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, we bless You.
  • 00:23:00.140 --> 00:23:02.210
  • We praise Your Holy Name.
  • 00:23:02.210 --> 00:23:04.140
  • We thank You for giving us the
  • 00:23:04.160 --> 00:23:07.160
  • Word and we thank You for
  • 00:23:07.160 --> 00:23:09.140
  • inspiring, stirring the hearts
  • 00:23:09.140 --> 00:23:12.050
  • of men to pen what You told
  • 00:23:12.050 --> 00:23:14.080
  • them.
  • 00:23:14.080 --> 00:23:15.190
  • Thank You for all the centuries
  • 00:23:15.190 --> 00:23:17.080
  • that have gone by that You have
  • 00:23:17.080 --> 00:23:19.200
  • preserved Your precious Word,
  • 00:23:20.010 --> 00:23:23.010
  • Your precious promises.
  • 00:23:23.010 --> 00:23:25.020
  • Thank You that we have the
  • 00:23:25.020 --> 00:23:26.090
  • promise of eternal life.
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:28.090
  • Thank You we have the promise of
  • 00:23:28.090 --> 00:23:30.000
  • Your presence within us, guiding
  • 00:23:30.000 --> 00:23:32.210
  • us, sealing us, keeping us.
  • 00:23:32.210 --> 00:23:35.000
  • So, we ask You, Father, to
  • 00:23:35.000 --> 00:23:36.210
  • accept our thanks.
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:38.050
  • We humble ourselves before You
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:39.270
  • and acknowledge we owe You
  • 00:23:39.270 --> 00:23:42.070
  • everything, everything, God.
  • 00:23:42.100 --> 00:23:45.100
  • And we give ourselves to you
  • 00:23:45.100 --> 00:23:46.250
  • this morning afresh and anew,
  • 00:23:46.250 --> 00:23:48.150
  • and praise Your Holy Name.
  • 00:23:48.150 --> 00:23:51.090
  • And we ask it in Jesus's Name.
  • 00:23:51.090 --> 00:23:54.020
  • - announcer: Coming up in just
  • 00:23:57.010 --> 00:23:58.010
  • a moment, more with Dr. Charles
  • 00:23:58.010 --> 00:24:00.140
  • - female announcer: Spreading
  • 00:24:04.170 --> 00:24:05.050
  • the word of the early church and
  • 00:24:05.050 --> 00:24:07.000
  • God's blessing to the world,
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:08.290
  • Jesus and his disciples
  • 00:24:08.290 --> 00:24:10.150
  • journeyed to far-away countries
  • 00:24:10.150 --> 00:24:12.230
  • and cities that took months and
  • 00:24:12.230 --> 00:24:15.030
  • years to get to.
  • 00:24:15.030 --> 00:24:16.280
  • How did the message of God's
  • 00:24:16.280 --> 00:24:18.070
  • truth get spread so quickly and
  • 00:24:18.070 --> 00:24:20.280
  • to so many?
  • 00:24:20.280 --> 00:24:22.160
  • Simply put, it was people, the
  • 00:24:22.160 --> 00:24:25.070
  • first Christians.
  • 00:24:25.070 --> 00:24:27.060
  • God has always been about the
  • 00:24:27.060 --> 00:24:29.090
  • message, from the coming of his
  • 00:24:29.090 --> 00:24:31.080
  • Son Jesus, to the second coming
  • 00:24:31.080 --> 00:24:33.250
  • when we all will be reunited,
  • 00:24:33.250 --> 00:24:36.040
  • and each were first spread
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:38.060
  • simply by word of mouth.
  • 00:24:38.060 --> 00:24:40.190
  • In Touch's mission has always
  • 00:24:40.190 --> 00:24:42.160
  • been about spreading the message
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:44.090
  • to as many people possible.
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:46.250
  • From our inception until today,
  • 00:24:46.250 --> 00:24:49.150
  • it is our main goal to lead
  • 00:24:49.150 --> 00:24:51.180
  • people worldwide into a growing
  • 00:24:51.180 --> 00:24:53.120
  • relationship with Jesus Christ
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:55.190
  • and to strengthen the local
  • 00:24:55.190 --> 00:24:57.000
  • church.
  • 00:24:57.000 --> 00:24:58.090
  • And over the years, it has only
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:00.120
  • occurred in omnipotent and
  • 00:25:00.120 --> 00:25:02.120
  • God-driven ways.
  • 00:25:02.120 --> 00:25:04.290
  • In Touch had an idea in 2007:
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:08.010
  • how could we get the message of
  • 00:25:08.010 --> 00:25:09.220
  • the Bible to the men and women
  • 00:25:09.220 --> 00:25:12.030
  • of the military?
  • 00:25:12.030 --> 00:25:13.170
  • Whether overseas or in training
  • 00:25:13.170 --> 00:25:16.040
  • at home, it was a big problem
  • 00:25:16.040 --> 00:25:18.060
  • that needed a solution.
  • 00:25:18.060 --> 00:25:20.160
  • How could we get something
  • 00:25:20.160 --> 00:25:21.190
  • inexpensive, quickly
  • 00:25:21.190 --> 00:25:23.270
  • manufactured, functional, and
  • 00:25:23.270 --> 00:25:26.230
  • that would hold up in
  • 00:25:26.230 --> 00:25:28.000
  • unforgiving environments?
  • 00:25:28.000 --> 00:25:30.130
  • Through God's providence and
  • 00:25:30.130 --> 00:25:32.100
  • direction and with a partnership
  • 00:25:32.100 --> 00:25:34.200
  • a world away with MegaVoice, the
  • 00:25:34.200 --> 00:25:37.150
  • In Touch Messenger was born.
  • 00:25:37.150 --> 00:25:40.140
  • Now, there was a device that
  • 00:25:40.140 --> 00:25:42.100
  • could easily be sent all over
  • 00:25:42.100 --> 00:25:44.020
  • the world and that could help
  • 00:25:44.020 --> 00:25:45.270
  • spread God's message.
  • 00:25:45.270 --> 00:25:47.230
  • And it all started with people:
  • 00:25:47.230 --> 00:25:49.200
  • volunteers, ambassadors,
  • 00:25:49.210 --> 00:25:52.210
  • partners and friends, all who
  • 00:25:52.210 --> 00:25:55.080
  • had the same goal as In Touch.
  • 00:25:55.080 --> 00:25:57.180
  • Without their help, we couldn't
  • 00:25:57.180 --> 00:25:58.280
  • spread the message, and there
  • 00:25:58.280 --> 00:26:00.220
  • definitely would not be an In
  • 00:26:00.220 --> 00:26:02.150
  • Touch Messenger.
  • 00:26:02.150 --> 00:26:04.120
  • After the initial ones were
  • 00:26:04.120 --> 00:26:05.160
  • first sent to the Military, we
  • 00:26:05.160 --> 00:26:08.000
  • wanted to continue to use the
  • 00:26:08.000 --> 00:26:09.110
  • Messenger with the ultimate goal
  • 00:26:09.110 --> 00:26:11.130
  • of sharing the gospel with all
  • 00:26:11.130 --> 00:26:13.030
  • those who couldn't hear it or
  • 00:26:13.030 --> 00:26:14.160
  • get access to it.
  • 00:26:14.160 --> 00:26:16.030
  • It was a lofty goal, but one we
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:18.060
  • knew God was in charge of and
  • 00:26:18.060 --> 00:26:20.110
  • leading us with Him in.
  • 00:26:20.110 --> 00:26:22.030
  • We made sure that those who
  • 00:26:22.030 --> 00:26:23.130
  • didn't have electricity, Bibles,
  • 00:26:23.200 --> 00:26:26.200
  • any other way to hear God's Word
  • 00:26:26.200 --> 00:26:28.240
  • were going to be able to hear
  • 00:26:28.240 --> 00:26:30.120
  • the message in their own heart
  • 00:26:30.120 --> 00:26:32.210
  • language, most for the very
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:35.060
  • first time.
  • 00:26:35.060 --> 00:26:36.280
  • From China and India to remote
  • 00:26:37.050 --> 00:26:40.050
  • tribes in the Democratic
  • 00:26:40.050 --> 00:26:41.210
  • Republic of Congo, South Sudan,
  • 00:26:42.050 --> 00:26:45.050
  • Cameroon, Chile, and Hungary,
  • 00:26:45.260 --> 00:26:48.260
  • and even disaster-struck areas
  • 00:26:48.260 --> 00:26:50.210
  • like Haiti and Puerto Rico, it
  • 00:26:50.210 --> 00:26:53.100
  • has grown beyond In Touch's
  • 00:26:53.100 --> 00:26:55.110
  • imagination 100 times over.
  • 00:26:56.070 --> 00:26:59.070
  • This never could have happened
  • 00:26:59.070 --> 00:27:00.260
  • without God's providence and the
  • 00:27:00.260 --> 00:27:03.030
  • hundreds of people involved.
  • 00:27:03.030 --> 00:27:05.180
  • Over the years, the way we
  • 00:27:05.180 --> 00:27:07.210
  • presented the message shifted as
  • 00:27:07.210 --> 00:27:09.160
  • well.
  • 00:27:09.160 --> 00:27:10.150
  • Technology advanced and we
  • 00:27:10.150 --> 00:27:12.120
  • adapted.
  • 00:27:12.120 --> 00:27:13.200
  • And while the Messenger may have
  • 00:27:13.200 --> 00:27:15.030
  • changed and evolved, the message
  • 00:27:15.030 --> 00:27:17.180
  • always remained the same.
  • 00:27:17.180 --> 00:27:19.270
  • Today, we celebrate the 1
  • 00:27:19.270 --> 00:27:22.220
  • millionth Messenger.
  • 00:27:22.220 --> 00:27:24.230
  • One million times, someone has
  • 00:27:24.230 --> 00:27:27.080
  • been given the opportunity to
  • 00:27:27.080 --> 00:27:28.280
  • hear the gospel for the first
  • 00:27:28.280 --> 00:27:30.170
  • time, 20th time, or 300th.
  • 00:27:32.100 --> 00:27:35.100
  • That many more ears and hearts
  • 00:27:35.100 --> 00:27:37.100
  • have listened to his Word, that
  • 00:27:37.100 --> 00:27:40.030
  • many more have surrendered to
  • 00:27:40.030 --> 00:27:41.190
  • Him.
  • 00:27:41.190 --> 00:27:42.150
  • We have been beyond overjoyed
  • 00:27:42.150 --> 00:27:44.160
  • with all that God has tasked and
  • 00:27:44.160 --> 00:27:46.190
  • blessed us with by allowing us
  • 00:27:46.190 --> 00:27:48.100
  • to be a part of His greater plan
  • 00:27:48.100 --> 00:27:50.260
  • as we continue to spread the
  • 00:27:50.260 --> 00:27:52.070
  • gospel around the world.
  • 00:27:52.120 --> 00:27:55.120
  • Now we continue to look ahead.
  • 00:27:55.120 --> 00:27:57.170
  • In Touch will always stand by
  • 00:27:57.170 --> 00:27:59.130
  • its mission to spread God's
  • 00:27:59.130 --> 00:28:00.290
  • Word, and not just through the
  • 00:28:00.290 --> 00:28:02.250
  • Messenger player.
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  • That's just another way to get
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  • the gospel out to the rest of
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  • the world.
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  • It is also you.
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  • You are the messenger.
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  • We just help you spread it with
  • 00:28:12.220 --> 00:28:14.050
  • the resources we have been
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  • blessed with.
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  • As always, it's been about God's
  • 00:28:16.240 --> 00:28:19.030
  • people doing great work.
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  • God's Word was first spread by
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  • his people.
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  • And now, we still do the same.
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  • It brings hundreds of people to
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  • In Touch, each wanting to use
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  • and distribute the Messenger to
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  • bless others, spreading the
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  • gospel one person, one message
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  • at a time.
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  • The format will evolve as we
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  • move to the next wave of
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  • technology, but the message will
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  • always remain the same:
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  • truthful, timely, and needed to
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Jesus,
  • 00:29:10.130 --> 00:29:11.280
  • through the Holy Spirit is the
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  • comforter.
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  • He's the one, listen, who has
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  • the power to change your
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  • circumstance.
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  • Has the power to enable you to
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  • endure difficulty, hardship,
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: I think
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  • the time in my life when I've
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  • learned the most lessons, the
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  • most profitable lessons, and the
  • 00:29:36.180 --> 00:29:39.150
  • most about God, the most about
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  • myself, is when I was going
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  • through some difficult or some
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  • pain or some hurt in my life.
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  • We all go through those things,
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  • and situations and
  • 00:29:50.030 --> 00:29:50.280
  • circumstances, and we all
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  • respond differently probably.
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  • And one of the wisest things you
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  • can do when your find yourself
  • 00:29:56.080 --> 00:29:58.150
  • going through difficulty is to
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  • ask God, number one, what He's
  • 00:30:01.040 --> 00:30:03.080
  • saying to you.
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  • And, number two, look for the
  • 00:30:05.010 --> 00:30:06.190
  • ways that God wants to work in
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  • your life.
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  • And ask yourself the question,
  • 00:30:10.160 --> 00:30:12.090
  • "God, what is Your purpose for
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  • all this?
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  • What are You preparing me for?
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  • What are You up to in my life?"
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  • And I think that's always the
  • 00:30:19.020 --> 00:30:20.160
  • right response.
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  • "God, what are you up to?"
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  • Because remember this.
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  • Because He's God, and you're one
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  • of His children, nothing can
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  • touch you in any way, without
  • 00:30:29.180 --> 00:30:31.220
  • God's permission.
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  • So, if God has permitted you to
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  • go through some difficulty,
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  • maybe that's--it's something you
  • 00:30:36.290 --> 00:30:38.090
  • brought on yourself, and maybe
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  • it's not.
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  • Then there's a reason.
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  • He has a reason behind it.
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  • And I think the people who go
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  • through difficult times in their
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  • life and don't profit from it,
  • 00:30:47.130 --> 00:30:50.130
  • difficult times in their life,
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  • and complain and moan and groan
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  • and spend their time blaming
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  • others is because they never
  • 00:30:56.250 --> 00:30:58.180
  • stop to think, "God, what's your
  • 00:30:58.180 --> 00:31:00.170
  • purpose for this?
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  • Why are You letting this
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  • happen?"
  • 00:31:03.220 --> 00:31:04.250
  • And sometimes you may never
  • 00:31:04.250 --> 00:31:06.000
  • understand why, but the issue is
  • 00:31:06.000 --> 00:31:07.270
  • this: How am I going to respond?
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  • What are you saying to me, Lord?
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  • And what I want to talk about in
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  • this message is "A Cry for
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  • Comfort."
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  • Because many people are crying
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  • for it; don't know how to
  • 00:31:20.000 --> 00:31:21.090
  • receive it; don't know where it
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  • comes from.
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  • And oftentimes give up, give up
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  • on God, give up on ever getting
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  • through the trial, the hurt that
  • 00:31:27.220 --> 00:31:29.210
  • they're going through.
  • 00:31:29.210 --> 00:31:31.070
  • There are two passages of
  • 00:31:31.070 --> 00:31:32.080
  • Scripture I want us to look at.
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  • To me, the fortieth chapter of
  • 00:31:34.240 --> 00:31:37.060
  • Isaiah is one of the most
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  • beautiful chapters in the entire
  • 00:31:39.000 --> 00:31:40.200
  • Old Testament.
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  • I know we usually think about
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  • the twenty-third Psalm and so
  • 00:31:43.120 --> 00:31:44.230
  • forth; but I want you to look at
  • 00:31:44.230 --> 00:31:46.100
  • a couple of verses in this
  • 00:31:46.100 --> 00:31:48.030
  • fortieth chapter of Isaiah.
  • 00:31:48.030 --> 00:31:49.260
  • And then, the second passage is
  • 00:31:49.260 --> 00:31:52.060
  • in Second Corinthians when Paul
  • 00:31:52.060 --> 00:31:54.110
  • is writing about trials and
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  • hardships and comfort and so
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  • forth, and he says the most
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  • about it than anybody in the
  • 00:31:59.100 --> 00:32:01.030
  • whole New Testament says.
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  • And ten times in just these few
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  • verses, he mentions the word
  • 00:32:05.070 --> 00:32:06.290
  • comfort.
  • 00:32:06.290 --> 00:32:08.040
  • And we certainly want to
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  • understand what is he, what do
  • 00:32:08.280 --> 00:32:10.150
  • we mean by comfort?
  • 00:32:10.150 --> 00:32:11.180
  • What does God mean by that?
  • 00:32:11.180 --> 00:32:12.220
  • So, if you'll turn to Isaiah
  • 00:32:12.220 --> 00:32:14.070
  • chapter forty, first of all, and
  • 00:32:14.070 --> 00:32:16.100
  • let's look at a few of these
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  • verses here.
  • 00:32:18.150 --> 00:32:19.280
  • He begins during a time when
  • 00:32:19.280 --> 00:32:22.270
  • Judah was going through
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  • difficulty and getting ready to
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  • go through some real pain.
  • 00:32:25.270 --> 00:32:27.260
  • The Scripture says, the Isaiah,
  • 00:32:27.260 --> 00:32:29.290
  • the prophet, said, "Comfort, O
  • 00:32:29.290 --> 00:32:32.090
  • comfort My people," says your
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  • God.
  • 00:32:33.240 --> 00:32:35.020
  • "Speak kindly to Jerusalem; call
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  • out to her, that her warfare has
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  • ended, that her iniquity has
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  • been removed, that she has
  • 00:32:41.130 --> 00:32:43.200
  • received of the Lord's hand
  • 00:32:43.200 --> 00:32:45.280
  • double for all of her sins."
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  • Then if you read through this
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  • chapter, and we won't read it
  • 00:32:50.060 --> 00:32:51.100
  • all, I just want you to look at
  • 00:32:51.100 --> 00:32:53.050
  • a few verses, thinking in terms
  • 00:32:53.050 --> 00:32:55.090
  • of comfort, going through
  • 00:32:55.090 --> 00:32:56.250
  • difficulty and hardship.
  • 00:32:56.250 --> 00:32:58.070
  • And so, he reminds them in verse
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  • eight, "The grass withers and
  • 00:33:00.050 --> 00:33:02.130
  • the flower fades, but the word
  • 00:33:02.130 --> 00:33:04.160
  • of our God stands forever."
  • 00:33:04.160 --> 00:33:07.130
  • You should circle that, write it
  • 00:33:07.130 --> 00:33:08.260
  • in red, pencil it, whatever it
  • 00:33:08.260 --> 00:33:10.160
  • takes, remember that.
  • 00:33:10.160 --> 00:33:12.110
  • "The grass withers."
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  • Things change.
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  • Difficulty, hardship, pain,
  • 00:33:14.280 --> 00:33:16.150
  • suffering, winter, spring,
  • 00:33:16.150 --> 00:33:17.280
  • summer, fall.
  • 00:33:17.280 --> 00:33:19.240
  • "The grass withers, the flower
  • 00:33:19.240 --> 00:33:21.120
  • fades, but the word of our God,"
  • 00:33:21.120 --> 00:33:23.220
  • the Scripture, "the word of
  • 00:33:23.220 --> 00:33:25.060
  • our God stands forever."
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  • Which means it's eternal because
  • 00:33:26.190 --> 00:33:29.040
  • God had it written.
  • 00:33:29.040 --> 00:33:30.190
  • Secondly, everything in it is
  • 00:33:30.190 --> 00:33:32.180
  • absolutely true.
  • 00:33:32.180 --> 00:33:34.090
  • It stands, He says, forever.
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  • Then if you'll look down to
  • 00:33:36.140 --> 00:33:38.090
  • verse eleven, all words of
  • 00:33:38.090 --> 00:33:39.260
  • comfort.
  • 00:33:39.260 --> 00:33:41.020
  • He says, "Like a shepherd He
  • 00:33:41.020 --> 00:33:42.220
  • will tend His flock, in His arms
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  • He will gather the lambs and
  • 00:33:44.270 --> 00:33:46.090
  • carry them in His bosom; He will
  • 00:33:46.090 --> 00:33:48.110
  • gently lead the nursing ewes."
  • 00:33:48.110 --> 00:33:51.030
  • And then he asks this question
  • 00:33:51.030 --> 00:33:52.210
  • and begins a series here, "Who
  • 00:33:52.210 --> 00:33:54.270
  • has measured the waters in the
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  • hollow of His hands, and marked
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  • off the heavens by the span, and
  • 00:33:58.140 --> 00:34:01.050
  • calculated the dust of the earth
  • 00:34:01.050 --> 00:34:03.020
  • by the measure, and weighed the
  • 00:34:03.020 --> 00:34:04.240
  • mountains in a balance and the
  • 00:34:04.240 --> 00:34:06.260
  • hills in a pair of scales?
  • 00:34:06.260 --> 00:34:09.020
  • Who has directed the Spirit of
  • 00:34:09.020 --> 00:34:10.150
  • God?"
  • 00:34:10.150 --> 00:34:11.170
  • And on he goes, just pointing us
  • 00:34:11.170 --> 00:34:14.010
  • to God, how awesome, how great
  • 00:34:14.010 --> 00:34:15.170
  • He is.
  • 00:34:15.170 --> 00:34:16.220
  • Words of comfort, that is, that
  • 00:34:16.220 --> 00:34:18.260
  • He is our Heavenly Father.
  • 00:34:18.260 --> 00:34:20.270
  • Then he says in verse
  • 00:34:20.270 --> 00:34:21.260
  • twenty-one.
  • 00:34:21.260 --> 00:34:22.230
  • "Do you not know?
  • 00:34:22.230 --> 00:34:24.140
  • Have you not heard?
  • 00:34:24.140 --> 00:34:26.020
  • Has it not been declared to you
  • 00:34:26.020 --> 00:34:27.200
  • from the beginning?
  • 00:34:27.200 --> 00:34:29.060
  • Have you not understood from the
  • 00:34:29.060 --> 00:34:30.170
  • foundation of the earth?
  • 00:34:30.170 --> 00:34:32.080
  • It is He who sits above the
  • 00:34:32.080 --> 00:34:34.110
  • circle of the earth, and its
  • 00:34:34.110 --> 00:34:36.150
  • inhabitants are like
  • 00:34:36.150 --> 00:34:37.170
  • grasshoppers, who stretches out
  • 00:34:37.170 --> 00:34:39.160
  • the heavens like a curtain,
  • 00:34:39.160 --> 00:34:41.150
  • spreads them out like a tent to
  • 00:34:41.150 --> 00:34:43.190
  • dwell in, it is He who reduces
  • 00:34:43.190 --> 00:34:46.000
  • rulers to nothing, who makes the
  • 00:34:46.000 --> 00:34:47.280
  • judges of the earth
  • 00:34:47.280 --> 00:34:49.000
  • meaningless."
  • 00:34:49.000 --> 00:34:50.070
  • And then one last passage and
  • 00:34:50.070 --> 00:34:51.180
  • because they're all so awesome,
  • 00:34:51.180 --> 00:34:53.180
  • the twenty-ninth verse says, "He
  • 00:34:53.180 --> 00:34:55.210
  • gives strength to the weary."
  • 00:34:55.210 --> 00:34:57.230
  • Remember now, we're talking
  • 00:34:57.230 --> 00:34:58.140
  • about comfort, "He gives
  • 00:34:58.140 --> 00:35:00.090
  • strength to the weary, and to
  • 00:35:00.090 --> 00:35:01.250
  • him who lacks might He increases
  • 00:35:01.250 --> 00:35:03.260
  • power.
  • 00:35:03.260 --> 00:35:05.050
  • Though youths grow weary and
  • 00:35:05.050 --> 00:35:06.150
  • tired, and vigorous young men
  • 00:35:06.150 --> 00:35:08.080
  • stumble badly, Yet those who
  • 00:35:08.080 --> 00:35:10.150
  • wait for the Lord will regain
  • 00:35:10.150 --> 00:35:12.080
  • new strength; they will mount up
  • 00:35:12.080 --> 00:35:14.020
  • with wings like eagles, they
  • 00:35:14.020 --> 00:35:15.290
  • will run and not get tired, they
  • 00:35:15.290 --> 00:35:17.280
  • will walk and not become weary."
  • 00:35:17.280 --> 00:35:20.060
  • You look at that chapter.
  • 00:35:20.060 --> 00:35:21.080
  • Everything about it, it's just
  • 00:35:21.080 --> 00:35:22.150
  • awesomely what?
  • 00:35:22.150 --> 00:35:23.240
  • Encouraging.
  • 00:35:23.240 --> 00:35:25.090
  • Here's the God in whom you and I
  • 00:35:25.090 --> 00:35:27.230
  • believe; we worship; and here is
  • 00:35:27.260 --> 00:35:30.260
  • His Word, "The grass withers,
  • 00:35:30.260 --> 00:35:33.090
  • the flower fades, but the word
  • 00:35:33.090 --> 00:35:35.120
  • of our God stands forever."
  • 00:35:35.120 --> 00:35:38.030
  • That means that you and I are
  • 00:35:38.030 --> 00:35:39.200
  • anchored.
  • 00:35:39.200 --> 00:35:41.020
  • We are anchored in His presence;
  • 00:35:41.020 --> 00:35:42.290
  • anchored in His power; anchored
  • 00:35:42.290 --> 00:35:44.240
  • in His love.
  • 00:35:44.240 --> 00:35:45.290
  • There's nothing like the
  • 00:35:45.290 --> 00:35:47.020
  • watch-care of love.
  • 00:35:47.020 --> 00:35:48.240
  • What did He say about situations
  • 00:35:48.240 --> 00:35:50.220
  • and circumstances that we have
  • 00:35:50.220 --> 00:35:52.090
  • to face in life?
  • 00:35:52.090 --> 00:35:53.200
  • And it's so evident here.
  • 00:35:53.200 --> 00:35:55.140
  • Then I want you to turn, if you
  • 00:35:55.140 --> 00:35:56.190
  • will, to Second Corinthians for
  • 00:35:56.190 --> 00:35:58.070
  • a moment.
  • 00:35:58.070 --> 00:35:59.130
  • And let's just begin in the
  • 00:35:59.130 --> 00:36:00.160
  • third verse and read a few
  • 00:36:00.160 --> 00:36:01.150
  • verses.
  • 00:36:01.150 --> 00:36:02.160
  • And here's Paul.
  • 00:36:02.160 --> 00:36:03.260
  • If anyone knew anything about
  • 00:36:03.260 --> 00:36:05.070
  • hardship and pain and suffering,
  • 00:36:05.070 --> 00:36:07.050
  • the Apostle Paul did.
  • 00:36:07.050 --> 00:36:08.290
  • No one could speak more fluently
  • 00:36:08.290 --> 00:36:11.090
  • and more experientially than he
  • 00:36:11.090 --> 00:36:13.070
  • did.
  • 00:36:13.070 --> 00:36:14.060
  • So, he begins Second Corinthians
  • 00:36:14.060 --> 00:36:15.160
  • by saying, "Blessed be the God
  • 00:36:15.160 --> 00:36:17.220
  • and Father of our Lord Jesus
  • 00:36:17.220 --> 00:36:18.290
  • Christ, the Father of mercies
  • 00:36:18.290 --> 00:36:21.090
  • and the God of all comfort."
  • 00:36:21.090 --> 00:36:23.260
  • Did you get that?
  • 00:36:23.260 --> 00:36:25.010
  • He's the "God of all comfort."
  • 00:36:25.010 --> 00:36:26.290
  • All real true genuine lasting
  • 00:36:27.010 --> 00:36:30.010
  • meaningful comfort begins with
  • 00:36:30.010 --> 00:36:31.190
  • God.
  • 00:36:31.190 --> 00:36:32.290
  • "Who comforts us in all our
  • 00:36:32.290 --> 00:36:34.280
  • affliction so that we will be
  • 00:36:34.280 --> 00:36:37.110
  • able to comfort others, those
  • 00:36:37.110 --> 00:36:39.190
  • who are in affliction with the
  • 00:36:39.190 --> 00:36:41.070
  • comfort with which we ourselves
  • 00:36:41.070 --> 00:36:42.210
  • are comforted by God.
  • 00:36:42.210 --> 00:36:44.070
  • For just as the sufferings of
  • 00:36:44.070 --> 00:36:45.150
  • Christ are ours in abundance, so
  • 00:36:45.150 --> 00:36:47.180
  • also our comfort is abundant
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  • through Christ.
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  • But if we are afflicted, it is
  • 00:36:51.220 --> 00:36:53.130
  • for your comfort and salvation;
  • 00:36:53.130 --> 00:36:55.110
  • or if we are comforted, it is
  • 00:36:55.110 --> 00:36:57.090
  • for your comfort, which is
  • 00:36:57.090 --> 00:36:58.230
  • effective in the patient
  • 00:36:58.230 --> 00:37:00.030
  • enduring of the same sufferings
  • 00:37:00.030 --> 00:37:01.130
  • which we suffer also."
  • 00:37:01.130 --> 00:37:03.170
  • Then he says, "And our hope for
  • 00:37:03.170 --> 00:37:04.250
  • you is firmly grounded, knowing
  • 00:37:04.250 --> 00:37:06.190
  • that as you are sharers of our
  • 00:37:06.190 --> 00:37:08.290
  • sufferings, so also you are
  • 00:37:08.290 --> 00:37:10.170
  • sharers of our comfort".
  • 00:37:10.170 --> 00:37:12.220
  • The Apostle Paul, listen, ten
  • 00:37:12.220 --> 00:37:14.180
  • times in those few verses he
  • 00:37:14.180 --> 00:37:17.180
  • mentions the word comfort.
  • 00:37:17.180 --> 00:37:20.100
  • And if anybody knew how to be
  • 00:37:20.100 --> 00:37:22.080
  • comforted, the Apostle Paul did.
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  • If anyone knew what pain and
  • 00:37:24.040 --> 00:37:25.260
  • suffering and heartache was
  • 00:37:25.260 --> 00:37:27.050
  • about, certainly he knew it.
  • 00:37:27.050 --> 00:37:29.100
  • So, let's think about what do we
  • 00:37:29.100 --> 00:37:30.230
  • mean by comfort?
  • 00:37:30.230 --> 00:37:32.130
  • Well, in the Old Testament, the
  • 00:37:32.130 --> 00:37:33.220
  • word comfort means to encourage,
  • 00:37:33.220 --> 00:37:35.140
  • primarily.
  • 00:37:35.140 --> 00:37:36.160
  • And that's what that whole
  • 00:37:36.160 --> 00:37:37.140
  • fortieth chapter of Isaiah was
  • 00:37:37.140 --> 00:37:38.250
  • about, God encouraging His
  • 00:37:38.250 --> 00:37:41.110
  • people and speaking about all
  • 00:37:41.110 --> 00:37:43.040
  • the things that God had created.
  • 00:37:43.040 --> 00:37:45.050
  • And reminding us that, "The
  • 00:37:45.050 --> 00:37:46.130
  • grass withers, the flower
  • 00:37:46.130 --> 00:37:47.150
  • fades."
  • 00:37:47.150 --> 00:37:48.140
  • There are seasons and changes,
  • 00:37:48.140 --> 00:37:49.170
  • "but the word of God," does not
  • 00:37:49.170 --> 00:37:51.010
  • change.
  • 00:37:51.010 --> 00:37:51.280
  • It's His eternal Word.
  • 00:37:51.280 --> 00:37:53.230
  • And so, now he comes to the New
  • 00:37:53.230 --> 00:37:56.010
  • Testament, and if you'll go back
  • 00:37:56.010 --> 00:37:57.160
  • to John chapter fourteen for a
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  • moment.
  • 00:37:59.270 --> 00:38:01.050
  • And this is a very encouraging
  • 00:38:01.050 --> 00:38:03.000
  • chapter.
  • 00:38:03.000 --> 00:38:04.150
  • And I would have to say it's
  • 00:38:04.150 --> 00:38:05.230
  • probably one of my most favorite
  • 00:38:05.230 --> 00:38:07.010
  • chapters in the Bible.
  • 00:38:07.010 --> 00:38:08.170
  • And if you'll notice what's
  • 00:38:08.170 --> 00:38:09.270
  • happening.
  • 00:38:09.270 --> 00:38:11.070
  • Here's Jesus with His Apostles.
  • 00:38:11.070 --> 00:38:13.130
  • He's getting ready to get
  • 00:38:13.130 --> 00:38:14.120
  • crucified the next day.
  • 00:38:14.120 --> 00:38:16.180
  • And so, in this fourteenth
  • 00:38:16.180 --> 00:38:18.080
  • chapter of John, listen to what
  • 00:38:18.080 --> 00:38:20.030
  • He says.
  • 00:38:20.030 --> 00:38:21.020
  • Doesn't this sound like an
  • 00:38:21.020 --> 00:38:22.280
  • awesome comforter?
  • 00:38:22.280 --> 00:38:24.120
  • And the reason I want you to
  • 00:38:24.120 --> 00:38:25.090
  • read a couple of these verses is
  • 00:38:25.090 --> 00:38:26.080
  • because of this.
  • 00:38:26.080 --> 00:38:27.280
  • There are going to be times when
  • 00:38:27.280 --> 00:38:29.010
  • you and I need to be comforted.
  • 00:38:29.010 --> 00:38:31.140
  • We need somebody to encourage
  • 00:38:31.140 --> 00:38:32.220
  • us.
  • 00:38:32.220 --> 00:38:34.060
  • And so, look if you will.
  • 00:38:34.060 --> 00:38:35.280
  • He knows what's happening, and
  • 00:38:35.280 --> 00:38:37.210
  • then in the sixteenth verse He
  • 00:38:37.210 --> 00:38:39.040
  • says to them, "I will ask the
  • 00:38:39.040 --> 00:38:41.090
  • Father, and He will give you
  • 00:38:41.090 --> 00:38:43.110
  • another Helper, that He may be
  • 00:38:43.110 --> 00:38:46.060
  • with you forever."
  • 00:38:46.060 --> 00:38:47.160
  • Now, if you slip over to the
  • 00:38:47.160 --> 00:38:49.060
  • twenty-sixth verse, the same
  • 00:38:49.060 --> 00:38:50.220
  • chapter, He identifies who the
  • 00:38:50.220 --> 00:38:52.160
  • Helper is, "But the Helper, the
  • 00:38:52.160 --> 00:38:55.000
  • Holy Spirit, whom the Father
  • 00:38:55.000 --> 00:38:56.210
  • will send in My name, He will
  • 00:38:56.210 --> 00:38:58.090
  • teach you all things, and bring
  • 00:38:58.090 --> 00:38:59.200
  • all things to your remembrance."
  • 00:38:59.200 --> 00:39:01.100
  • Now, here's what I want you to
  • 00:39:01.100 --> 00:39:02.200
  • look how exacting God is.
  • 00:39:02.200 --> 00:39:05.140
  • Back to the sixteenth verse, "I
  • 00:39:05.140 --> 00:39:07.110
  • will ask the Father, and He will
  • 00:39:07.110 --> 00:39:09.060
  • give you," watch this, "another
  • 00:39:09.060 --> 00:39:11.080
  • Helper."
  • 00:39:11.080 --> 00:39:12.210
  • And that little Greek word is
  • 00:39:12.210 --> 00:39:13.260
  • "allos," which means, watch
  • 00:39:13.260 --> 00:39:15.230
  • this, another of the same kind.
  • 00:39:15.230 --> 00:39:18.110
  • And here's what He was saying.
  • 00:39:18.110 --> 00:39:19.170
  • Jesus says, I'm going to ask the
  • 00:39:19.170 --> 00:39:21.190
  • Father and He's going to send
  • 00:39:21.190 --> 00:39:22.240
  • you somebody like Me, which is
  • 00:39:22.240 --> 00:39:24.230
  • the Holy Spirit, who is of
  • 00:39:24.230 --> 00:39:26.050
  • course like Jesus.
  • 00:39:26.050 --> 00:39:27.220
  • I'll send you another helper and
  • 00:39:27.220 --> 00:39:29.260
  • He will be with you forever.
  • 00:39:29.260 --> 00:39:31.280
  • And so, He's--the word is
  • 00:39:31.280 --> 00:39:34.050
  • translated "helper," translated
  • 00:39:34.050 --> 00:39:36.100
  • "comforter."
  • 00:39:36.100 --> 00:39:37.190
  • And so, what He's doing, He's
  • 00:39:37.190 --> 00:39:39.290
  • simply comforting them and
  • 00:39:39.290 --> 00:39:42.180
  • assuring them.
  • 00:39:42.180 --> 00:39:43.190
  • And the very word "parakletos"
  • 00:39:43.190 --> 00:39:46.070
  • in the Greek simply means
  • 00:39:46.070 --> 00:39:47.170
  • someone called alongside.
  • 00:39:47.170 --> 00:39:49.200
  • And He's simply saying to them,
  • 00:39:49.200 --> 00:39:51.050
  • I'm going to send you someone
  • 00:39:51.050 --> 00:39:52.150
  • who's going to walk by your
  • 00:39:52.150 --> 00:39:53.170
  • side.
  • 00:39:53.170 --> 00:39:54.180
  • I'm going to send you one who's
  • 00:39:54.180 --> 00:39:55.240
  • going to comfort you; who's
  • 00:39:55.240 --> 00:39:57.070
  • going to encourage you.
  • 00:39:57.070 --> 00:39:58.280
  • I'm going to send you one who's
  • 00:39:58.280 --> 00:40:00.000
  • going to be there for you when
  • 00:40:00.000 --> 00:40:02.000
  • you need Me.
  • 00:40:02.000 --> 00:40:03.270
  • And He knows that's going to be
  • 00:40:03.270 --> 00:40:05.000
  • very, very soon.
  • 00:40:05.000 --> 00:40:07.050
  • I'm going to send you someone
  • 00:40:07.050 --> 00:40:08.190
  • who's going to lighten your
  • 00:40:08.190 --> 00:40:09.160
  • load; who's going to quieten
  • 00:40:09.160 --> 00:40:11.160
  • your fears; who's going to lift
  • 00:40:11.160 --> 00:40:13.060
  • your spirit.
  • 00:40:13.060 --> 00:40:14.180
  • I'm going to send you someone
  • 00:40:14.180 --> 00:40:15.250
  • who's going to ease your pain.
  • 00:40:15.250 --> 00:40:17.130
  • I'm going to send you someone
  • 00:40:17.130 --> 00:40:18.170
  • who's going to invigorate you,
  • 00:40:18.170 --> 00:40:20.080
  • when you think you just can't
  • 00:40:20.080 --> 00:40:21.230
  • take another step further.
  • 00:40:21.230 --> 00:40:23.150
  • He said, "I'm going to send Him
  • 00:40:23.150 --> 00:40:24.280
  • to you, the Holy Spirit."
  • 00:40:24.280 --> 00:40:26.150
  • Now, listen.
  • 00:40:26.150 --> 00:40:27.200
  • This is why this is so
  • 00:40:27.200 --> 00:40:28.170
  • important.
  • 00:40:28.170 --> 00:40:30.000
  • When you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:40:30.000 --> 00:40:31.160
  • your personal Savior, the Holy
  • 00:40:31.160 --> 00:40:33.020
  • Spirit, third person of the
  • 00:40:33.020 --> 00:40:34.250
  • Trinity, God the Father, God the
  • 00:40:34.250 --> 00:40:36.070
  • Son, God the Holy Spirit makes
  • 00:40:36.070 --> 00:40:38.060
  • up the Godhead; each one having
  • 00:40:38.060 --> 00:40:41.040
  • His own responsibility.
  • 00:40:41.040 --> 00:40:43.020
  • So, He--I'm going to send you
  • 00:40:43.020 --> 00:40:44.090
  • the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the
  • 00:40:44.090 --> 00:40:45.250
  • Comforter.
  • 00:40:45.250 --> 00:40:47.020
  • He's going to be in you, with
  • 00:40:47.020 --> 00:40:48.140
  • you, and upon you.
  • 00:40:48.140 --> 00:40:50.120
  • And the reason I'm going to send
  • 00:40:50.120 --> 00:40:51.210
  • Him to you is because you're
  • 00:40:51.210 --> 00:40:53.000
  • going to need Him.
  • 00:40:53.000 --> 00:40:54.270
  • He's going to teach you.
  • 00:40:54.270 --> 00:40:57.090
  • He's going to encourage you.
  • 00:40:57.090 --> 00:40:59.120
  • He is going to watch over you.
  • 00:40:59.120 --> 00:41:01.290
  • He's going to guide you and lead
  • 00:41:01.290 --> 00:41:03.070
  • you.
  • 00:41:03.070 --> 00:41:04.010
  • And if you go through this
  • 00:41:04.010 --> 00:41:04.260
  • fourteen, fifteenth, sixteenth
  • 00:41:04.260 --> 00:41:05.210
  • chapters and other passages of
  • 00:41:05.210 --> 00:41:06.270
  • Scripture, the work of the Holy
  • 00:41:06.270 --> 00:41:08.240
  • Spirit in our life is awesome.
  • 00:41:08.240 --> 00:41:10.200
  • Every aspect of our life is
  • 00:41:10.200 --> 00:41:12.250
  • included in the ministry God has
  • 00:41:12.250 --> 00:41:15.010
  • given to the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:41:15.010 --> 00:41:17.040
  • And one of those is that He is
  • 00:41:17.040 --> 00:41:19.140
  • our Helper, our Comforter, He's
  • 00:41:19.140 --> 00:41:22.050
  • our encourager.
  • 00:41:22.050 --> 00:41:24.040
  • He's the one that you and I can
  • 00:41:24.040 --> 00:41:25.180
  • turn to; because He says He's
  • 00:41:25.180 --> 00:41:27.170
  • going to be with you and He's
  • 00:41:27.170 --> 00:41:29.070
  • going to be upon you.
  • 00:41:29.070 --> 00:41:30.160
  • And there's not going to be a
  • 00:41:30.160 --> 00:41:31.150
  • single time in your life, once
  • 00:41:31.150 --> 00:41:33.080
  • you trust Him as your Savior,
  • 00:41:33.080 --> 00:41:34.170
  • that He's not there.
  • 00:41:34.170 --> 00:41:35.210
  • Somebody says, Well, I
  • 00:41:35.210 --> 00:41:36.190
  • don't--when I go through
  • 00:41:36.190 --> 00:41:37.200
  • difficulty and hardship and pain
  • 00:41:37.200 --> 00:41:39.080
  • and suffering and hurt, I don't
  • 00:41:39.080 --> 00:41:40.240
  • feel like God's anywhere around.
  • 00:41:40.240 --> 00:41:42.160
  • Are you listening?
  • 00:41:42.160 --> 00:41:43.060
  • Say amen.
  • 00:41:43.060 --> 00:41:44.150
  • Feelings have nothing to do with
  • 00:41:44.150 --> 00:41:45.270
  • it.
  • 00:41:45.270 --> 00:41:47.110
  • You can't go by feelings.
  • 00:41:47.110 --> 00:41:49.060
  • It's reality, what is the truth?
  • 00:41:49.060 --> 00:41:51.180
  • Living within you is God the
  • 00:41:51.180 --> 00:41:53.250
  • Holy Spirit and He is there for
  • 00:41:53.250 --> 00:41:56.080
  • very specific reasons.
  • 00:41:56.080 --> 00:41:58.080
  • And He names them: to teach you;
  • 00:41:58.080 --> 00:41:59.270
  • to give you understanding; right
  • 00:41:59.270 --> 00:42:01.290
  • interpretation; to encourage
  • 00:42:01.290 --> 00:42:03.250
  • you.
  • 00:42:03.250 --> 00:42:04.170
  • And He says, for example, to
  • 00:42:04.170 --> 00:42:06.080
  • sort of settle it all, He says,
  • 00:42:06.080 --> 00:42:07.160
  • "The Holy Spirit will come to
  • 00:42:07.160 --> 00:42:10.020
  • seal you."
  • 00:42:10.020 --> 00:42:11.160
  • That is, when you trusted Christ
  • 00:42:11.160 --> 00:42:12.280
  • as your Savior, what's the
  • 00:42:12.280 --> 00:42:14.080
  • evidence?
  • 00:42:14.080 --> 00:42:15.210
  • Somebody says, "Well, you can
  • 00:42:15.210 --> 00:42:16.210
  • lose your salvation."
  • 00:42:16.210 --> 00:42:18.000
  • Let me give you in one verse of
  • 00:42:18.000 --> 00:42:19.140
  • Scripture why you can't.
  • 00:42:19.140 --> 00:42:22.080
  • I want you to turn, if you will,
  • 00:42:22.080 --> 00:42:24.000
  • to Ephesians.
  • 00:42:24.000 --> 00:42:25.060
  • Let's turn to Ephesians, for
  • 00:42:25.060 --> 00:42:26.070
  • example, the first chapter and
  • 00:42:26.120 --> 00:42:29.120
  • the thirteenth verse.
  • 00:42:29.120 --> 00:42:30.150
  • Listen to what he says, "In
  • 00:42:30.150 --> 00:42:33.050
  • Him," that is in Christ, "you
  • 00:42:33.050 --> 00:42:35.120
  • also, after listening to the
  • 00:42:35.120 --> 00:42:37.210
  • message of truth," which you
  • 00:42:37.210 --> 00:42:38.280
  • have, you've heard the message
  • 00:42:38.280 --> 00:42:40.000
  • of truth, "the gospel," that's
  • 00:42:40.000 --> 00:42:42.120
  • good news, "of your salvation,
  • 00:42:42.120 --> 00:42:44.200
  • having also believed."
  • 00:42:44.200 --> 00:42:46.060
  • So, what happened?
  • 00:42:46.060 --> 00:42:47.040
  • You heard it, you believed it
  • 00:42:47.040 --> 00:42:49.060
  • and now what happens?
  • 00:42:49.060 --> 00:42:50.050
  • "You were sealed in," Christ.
  • 00:42:50.220 --> 00:42:53.220
  • Listen, "You were sealed in Him
  • 00:42:53.220 --> 00:42:55.160
  • with the Holy Spirit of
  • 00:42:55.160 --> 00:42:56.180
  • promise."
  • 00:42:56.180 --> 00:42:58.110
  • Sealed.
  • 00:42:58.110 --> 00:42:59.290
  • When you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:42:59.290 --> 00:43:01.150
  • your Savior, it's like He put
  • 00:43:01.150 --> 00:43:03.290
  • his seal on you as a child of
  • 00:43:03.290 --> 00:43:05.100
  • God.
  • 00:43:05.100 --> 00:43:06.200
  • No one can break the seal of
  • 00:43:06.200 --> 00:43:08.220
  • God.
  • 00:43:08.220 --> 00:43:10.060
  • The devil can't break it, no one
  • 00:43:10.060 --> 00:43:11.200
  • else can break it.
  • 00:43:11.200 --> 00:43:13.020
  • You can't break it.
  • 00:43:13.020 --> 00:43:14.120
  • Once you've trusted Him as your
  • 00:43:14.120 --> 00:43:15.160
  • personal Savior, He is your
  • 00:43:15.160 --> 00:43:17.100
  • Savior.
  • 00:43:17.100 --> 00:43:18.170
  • He is your Comforter.
  • 00:43:18.170 --> 00:43:20.040
  • He's your seal, your teacher,
  • 00:43:20.040 --> 00:43:21.210
  • your instructor.
  • 00:43:21.210 --> 00:43:23.000
  • He's the one to enable you and
  • 00:43:23.000 --> 00:43:24.080
  • me to walk through this life
  • 00:43:24.080 --> 00:43:25.220
  • confidently, boldly,
  • 00:43:25.220 --> 00:43:28.090
  • courageously, and fruitfully in
  • 00:43:28.090 --> 00:43:31.090
  • our lives.
  • 00:43:31.090 --> 00:43:32.010
  • Not wasting our time.
  • 00:43:32.010 --> 00:43:34.020
  • And so, what an awesome
  • 00:43:34.020 --> 00:43:35.000
  • encouragement that no matter
  • 00:43:35.000 --> 00:43:36.130
  • what, listen to this, no matter
  • 00:43:36.130 --> 00:43:37.220
  • what you and I go through, watch
  • 00:43:37.220 --> 00:43:39.270
  • this carefully, you cannot go
  • 00:43:39.270 --> 00:43:42.110
  • through it alone if you've
  • 00:43:42.110 --> 00:43:43.220
  • trusted Jesus Christ as your
  • 00:43:43.220 --> 00:43:45.060
  • Savior.
  • 00:43:45.060 --> 00:43:45.270
  • That's His Word.
  • 00:43:45.270 --> 00:43:47.140
  • That's His pledge to you.
  • 00:43:47.140 --> 00:43:49.050
  • And that's what that seal is all
  • 00:43:49.050 --> 00:43:50.080
  • about.
  • 00:43:50.080 --> 00:43:51.210
  • God sealed you as one of His
  • 00:43:51.210 --> 00:43:53.110
  • children.
  • 00:43:53.110 --> 00:43:54.040
  • Once you go to the cross,
  • 00:43:54.040 --> 00:43:55.190
  • confessing and repenting of your
  • 00:43:55.190 --> 00:43:56.230
  • sins and asking Him to forgive
  • 00:43:56.230 --> 00:43:58.220
  • you on the basis of what He did
  • 00:43:58.220 --> 00:44:00.140
  • at the cross; you accept Him as
  • 00:44:00.140 --> 00:44:01.270
  • your Savior; sealed as a child
  • 00:44:01.270 --> 00:44:03.190
  • of God forever.
  • 00:44:03.190 --> 00:44:05.210
  • So, when I look at these verses
  • 00:44:05.210 --> 00:44:07.180
  • and think about what He says,
  • 00:44:07.180 --> 00:44:09.100
  • "The true source of comfort,
  • 00:44:09.100 --> 00:44:11.050
  • genuine comfort, lasting
  • 00:44:11.050 --> 00:44:12.170
  • comfort, satisfying comfort, the
  • 00:44:12.170 --> 00:44:14.190
  • true source is Almighty God."
  • 00:44:14.190 --> 00:44:17.100
  • And if you'll notice, He says,
  • 00:44:17.100 --> 00:44:18.200
  • "in all our afflictions."
  • 00:44:18.200 --> 00:44:20.220
  • That is, and that word,
  • 00:44:20.220 --> 00:44:22.280
  • afflictions, there is crushed,
  • 00:44:22.280 --> 00:44:24.130
  • to be crushed.
  • 00:44:24.130 --> 00:44:25.140
  • In all of our most painful
  • 00:44:25.140 --> 00:44:26.270
  • times, God is sufficient no
  • 00:44:27.050 --> 00:44:30.050
  • matter what.
  • 00:44:30.050 --> 00:44:32.000
  • So, you have a choice.
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  • You don't have a choice about
  • 00:44:34.040 --> 00:44:35.030
  • whether you're going to be sick
  • 00:44:35.030 --> 00:44:36.040
  • or unless you just ill health
  • 00:44:36.040 --> 00:44:38.120
  • because of foolishness.
  • 00:44:38.120 --> 00:44:40.030
  • You don't have a choice about
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  • difficulty, hardship, pain,
  • 00:44:41.070 --> 00:44:42.210
  • suffering and things that come
  • 00:44:42.210 --> 00:44:43.290
  • our way that we have no real
  • 00:44:43.290 --> 00:44:45.210
  • cause for it, as far as what
  • 00:44:45.210 --> 00:44:47.110
  • we've done or not done.
  • 00:44:47.110 --> 00:44:50.000
  • But God allows them for some
  • 00:44:50.000 --> 00:44:51.120
  • reasons.
  • 00:44:51.120 --> 00:44:53.000
  • And one of those reasons is to
  • 00:44:53.000 --> 00:44:54.110
  • shape us, strengthen us, make us
  • 00:44:55.200 --> 00:44:58.200
  • godly; build our faith; make us
  • 00:44:59.030 --> 00:45:02.050
  • useful for the kingdom of God.
  • 00:45:02.050 --> 00:45:04.100
  • God has fantastic, divine,
  • 00:45:04.120 --> 00:45:07.120
  • spiritual purposes for
  • 00:45:07.120 --> 00:45:09.010
  • everything He allows in our
  • 00:45:09.010 --> 00:45:10.180
  • life.
  • 00:45:10.180 --> 00:45:12.090
  • The question is how do we
  • 00:45:12.090 --> 00:45:13.050
  • respond?
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  • If I respond the right way, I'm
  • 00:45:14.140 --> 00:45:16.060
  • going to profit from it no
  • 00:45:16.060 --> 00:45:17.190
  • matter what.
  • 00:45:17.190 --> 00:45:19.020
  • If I respond in the wrong way,
  • 00:45:19.020 --> 00:45:20.280
  • what happens?
  • 00:45:20.280 --> 00:45:22.010
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:45:22.010 --> 00:45:23.030
  • You'll waste the blessings of
  • 00:45:23.030 --> 00:45:24.070
  • God.
  • 00:45:24.070 --> 00:45:26.150
  • You waste the blessings of God
  • 00:45:26.150 --> 00:45:28.230
  • that are meant for you when you
  • 00:45:28.230 --> 00:45:30.130
  • do not respond in faith,
  • 00:45:30.130 --> 00:45:32.210
  • trusting Him.
  • 00:45:32.210 --> 00:45:34.130
  • And we moan and we groan.
  • 00:45:34.130 --> 00:45:35.190
  • You say, "Well, does God get
  • 00:45:35.190 --> 00:45:37.040
  • upset when we moan and groan?"
  • 00:45:37.040 --> 00:45:38.230
  • No, He doesn't get upset.
  • 00:45:38.230 --> 00:45:41.120
  • What we say and what we feel at
  • 00:45:41.120 --> 00:45:43.120
  • times is just what we feel.
  • 00:45:44.050 --> 00:45:47.050
  • But the issue is not what I
  • 00:45:47.050 --> 00:45:48.170
  • feel, but what I believe.
  • 00:45:48.170 --> 00:45:51.120
  • If I believe the Spirit of God
  • 00:45:51.120 --> 00:45:53.040
  • lives within me, which God says
  • 00:45:53.040 --> 00:45:55.050
  • He is, and He's allowing this in
  • 00:45:55.050 --> 00:45:56.280
  • my life for a purpose, then I'm
  • 00:45:56.280 --> 00:45:58.260
  • going to ask Him to give me the
  • 00:45:58.260 --> 00:46:00.290
  • Holy Spirit's enabling power to
  • 00:46:00.290 --> 00:46:03.110
  • enable me to experience it, to
  • 00:46:03.110 --> 00:46:05.140
  • go through it and to come out a
  • 00:46:05.140 --> 00:46:08.130
  • child of God, listen, that's
  • 00:46:08.130 --> 00:46:10.120
  • been polished.
  • 00:46:10.120 --> 00:46:12.240
  • Been in the furnace, but now
  • 00:46:12.240 --> 00:46:14.050
  • polished, and looking more like
  • 00:46:14.050 --> 00:46:16.150
  • Him and sounding more like Him
  • 00:46:16.150 --> 00:46:18.080
  • than ever before.
  • 00:46:18.080 --> 00:46:19.130
  • God has a divine purpose.
  • 00:46:19.130 --> 00:46:22.010
  • So, when I look at the passage
  • 00:46:22.050 --> 00:46:25.050
  • of Scripture and ask myself the
  • 00:46:25.050 --> 00:46:26.180
  • question, "Well, how does God
  • 00:46:26.250 --> 00:46:29.250
  • comfort us?"
  • 00:46:29.250 --> 00:46:30.250
  • And so, I want you to turn to
  • 00:46:30.250 --> 00:46:32.130
  • the longest Psalm in the Bible.
  • 00:46:32.130 --> 00:46:35.100
  • Can you tell me what that is?
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  • Well, thank You, Jesus.
  • 00:46:37.220 --> 00:46:39.010
  • You've been listening.
  • 00:46:39.010 --> 00:46:40.170
  • Psalm one nineteen.
  • 00:46:40.170 --> 00:46:42.090
  • And there's one verse of
  • 00:46:42.090 --> 00:46:44.110
  • Scripture here I want us to look
  • 00:46:44.110 --> 00:46:45.250
  • at; because if you're going
  • 00:46:45.250 --> 00:46:48.250
  • through some difficulty, I want
  • 00:46:48.250 --> 00:46:50.230
  • you to listen carefully.
  • 00:46:50.230 --> 00:46:52.100
  • If you're going through some
  • 00:46:52.100 --> 00:46:53.050
  • difficulty, it makes no
  • 00:46:53.050 --> 00:46:54.100
  • difference what it is.
  • 00:46:54.100 --> 00:46:56.030
  • If it's physical pain, emotional
  • 00:46:56.030 --> 00:46:58.130
  • pain, somebody's hurt you very
  • 00:46:58.130 --> 00:47:00.060
  • deeply.
  • 00:47:00.060 --> 00:47:01.040
  • When suffering, whatever sort
  • 00:47:01.050 --> 00:47:04.050
  • comes, what is the wisest thing
  • 00:47:04.180 --> 00:47:07.180
  • you can do immediately?
  • 00:47:07.190 --> 00:47:10.190
  • So, I want to give you what God
  • 00:47:10.190 --> 00:47:11.160
  • said.
  • 00:47:11.160 --> 00:47:12.230
  • Hundred and thirteenth Psalm,
  • 00:47:12.230 --> 00:47:14.230
  • verse fifty, "This is my comfort
  • 00:47:15.040 --> 00:47:18.040
  • in my affliction, that Your word
  • 00:47:18.070 --> 00:47:21.070
  • has revived me."
  • 00:47:21.290 --> 00:47:24.290
  • The first place you turn is not
  • 00:47:24.290 --> 00:47:27.260
  • to your friends, though that's
  • 00:47:27.260 --> 00:47:29.080
  • important.
  • 00:47:29.080 --> 00:47:30.000
  • The first place you turn's to
  • 00:47:30.000 --> 00:47:31.030
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:47:31.030 --> 00:47:33.090
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:47:33.090 --> 00:47:34.110
  • God in the Bible has exactly
  • 00:47:35.250 --> 00:47:38.250
  • what you need to hear when
  • 00:47:38.280 --> 00:47:41.280
  • suffering and hurt and pain come
  • 00:47:41.280 --> 00:47:43.220
  • your way.
  • 00:47:43.220 --> 00:47:45.000
  • And if you'll just think about
  • 00:47:45.000 --> 00:47:45.240
  • this.
  • 00:47:45.240 --> 00:47:46.150
  • You say, "Well, I want to talk
  • 00:47:46.150 --> 00:47:47.100
  • to my friends."
  • 00:47:47.100 --> 00:47:48.150
  • Let me ask you a question.
  • 00:47:48.150 --> 00:47:50.100
  • How much does your friend know
  • 00:47:51.010 --> 00:47:54.010
  • compared to--listen.
  • 00:47:54.010 --> 00:47:56.000
  • How much does your friend know
  • 00:47:56.000 --> 00:47:57.180
  • compared to all the truth and
  • 00:47:57.180 --> 00:47:59.200
  • knowledge and wisdom that's in
  • 00:47:59.200 --> 00:48:01.020
  • the Word of God?
  • 00:48:01.020 --> 00:48:02.140
  • And the reason people don't turn
  • 00:48:02.140 --> 00:48:05.080
  • to the Word of God is because
  • 00:48:05.080 --> 00:48:06.200
  • it's unfamiliar to them.
  • 00:48:06.200 --> 00:48:08.110
  • Or say, "Well, I get that book
  • 00:48:08.110 --> 00:48:09.130
  • of Leviticus and I don't
  • 00:48:09.130 --> 00:48:10.170
  • understand that."
  • 00:48:10.170 --> 00:48:11.260
  • Let's get into the Psalms where
  • 00:48:11.260 --> 00:48:14.080
  • David is wrenching his heart;
  • 00:48:14.080 --> 00:48:16.260
  • pouring out his soul; telling
  • 00:48:16.260 --> 00:48:18.100
  • you about his hurt and pain and
  • 00:48:18.100 --> 00:48:19.190
  • suffering he's going through.
  • 00:48:19.190 --> 00:48:21.010
  • And all the beautiful, beautiful
  • 00:48:21.010 --> 00:48:22.180
  • responses of God.
  • 00:48:22.180 --> 00:48:24.220
  • And even in this one verse, look
  • 00:48:24.220 --> 00:48:27.060
  • at this fiftieth verse, "This is
  • 00:48:27.060 --> 00:48:29.070
  • my comfort."
  • 00:48:29.070 --> 00:48:30.250
  • Listen, "This is my comfort."
  • 00:48:30.250 --> 00:48:32.230
  • This is where I get comfort,
  • 00:48:32.230 --> 00:48:34.110
  • when I'm "in affliction, that
  • 00:48:34.110 --> 00:48:36.060
  • Your word has revived me."
  • 00:48:36.060 --> 00:48:38.150
  • Energized me and lifted me; has
  • 00:48:38.250 --> 00:48:41.250
  • encouraged me, the Word of God.
  • 00:48:42.090 --> 00:48:45.090
  • This is why you should be
  • 00:48:45.090 --> 00:48:46.240
  • reading His Word a little bit
  • 00:48:46.240 --> 00:48:48.100
  • every day.
  • 00:48:48.100 --> 00:48:49.170
  • Whether it's in the morning or
  • 00:48:49.170 --> 00:48:50.120
  • whatever time you choose.
  • 00:48:50.120 --> 00:48:51.250
  • But all of us need to be
  • 00:48:51.250 --> 00:48:53.090
  • comforted at times.
  • 00:48:53.090 --> 00:48:54.260
  • So, think about this.
  • 00:48:54.260 --> 00:48:56.090
  • Let's eliminate the Word of God
  • 00:48:56.090 --> 00:48:57.230
  • in your life and you're going
  • 00:48:57.230 --> 00:48:59.070
  • through some tough time, and so,
  • 00:48:59.070 --> 00:49:01.150
  • where are you going?
  • 00:49:01.230 --> 00:49:04.230
  • Where, in other words, you're
  • 00:49:04.230 --> 00:49:05.210
  • hurting badly.
  • 00:49:05.210 --> 00:49:06.160
  • Where are you going?
  • 00:49:06.160 --> 00:49:08.100
  • I'm--I feel like I'm being
  • 00:49:08.100 --> 00:49:09.050
  • crushed.
  • 00:49:09.110 --> 00:49:12.110
  • And he says, "Your word has
  • 00:49:12.110 --> 00:49:14.250
  • revived me."
  • 00:49:14.250 --> 00:49:17.050
  • Did you get that?
  • 00:49:17.050 --> 00:49:18.110
  • The Word of God revives us.
  • 00:49:18.110 --> 00:49:21.080
  • And what does that mean?
  • 00:49:21.080 --> 00:49:22.060
  • Gives us new life, a new
  • 00:49:22.060 --> 00:49:24.010
  • outlook, a new spirit, a new
  • 00:49:24.010 --> 00:49:26.030
  • sense of confidence and
  • 00:49:26.030 --> 00:49:27.060
  • assurance and energy.
  • 00:49:27.060 --> 00:49:29.030
  • In other words, it's the Word of
  • 00:49:29.030 --> 00:49:29.290
  • God.
  • 00:49:29.290 --> 00:49:31.130
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:49:31.130 --> 00:49:32.160
  • Doesn't this all fit?
  • 00:49:32.160 --> 00:49:33.260
  • Because God the Holy Spirit is
  • 00:49:33.260 --> 00:49:35.240
  • living on the inside of you.
  • 00:49:35.240 --> 00:49:37.210
  • He inspired the writing of His
  • 00:49:37.210 --> 00:49:39.060
  • Word so that all of it is true.
  • 00:49:39.060 --> 00:49:41.220
  • Therefore, whatever I need, the
  • 00:49:41.220 --> 00:49:44.010
  • Spirit of God is going to guide
  • 00:49:44.010 --> 00:49:46.040
  • me to read and see what I need.
  • 00:49:46.060 --> 00:49:49.060
  • How many times have I been on my
  • 00:49:49.060 --> 00:49:50.140
  • face before God when I was going
  • 00:49:50.140 --> 00:49:51.290
  • through a very, very difficult
  • 00:49:51.290 --> 00:49:53.170
  • time just saying," God, speak to
  • 00:49:53.170 --> 00:49:54.260
  • my heart."
  • 00:49:54.260 --> 00:49:56.240
  • And I don't do it very often,
  • 00:49:56.240 --> 00:49:58.000
  • but once in a while I'll say,
  • 00:49:58.000 --> 00:49:59.160
  • "Lord, I don't know; I just
  • 00:49:59.160 --> 00:50:01.270
  • don't even know what to read
  • 00:50:01.270 --> 00:50:03.080
  • right now so I'm just going to
  • 00:50:03.080 --> 00:50:05.020
  • turn and just help me find
  • 00:50:05.140 --> 00:50:08.140
  • the right thing."
  • 00:50:08.140 --> 00:50:11.140
  • "My soul waits in silence
  • 00:50:11.140 --> 00:50:13.140
  • for God only;
  • 00:50:13.140 --> 00:50:14.270
  • from Him is my salvation."
  • 00:50:14.270 --> 00:50:16.120
  • I can remember--I can't remember
  • 00:50:16.120 --> 00:50:18.030
  • the day, but I can remember the
  • 00:50:18.030 --> 00:50:19.280
  • incident and where I was on my
  • 00:50:19.280 --> 00:50:21.250
  • face in my study when I was
  • 00:50:21.250 --> 00:50:24.130
  • hurting very badly.
  • 00:50:24.130 --> 00:50:26.020
  • And I said, "God, just speak to
  • 00:50:26.020 --> 00:50:27.180
  • me somehow."
  • 00:50:27.180 --> 00:50:28.160
  • I--and I wasn't, I
  • 00:50:28.160 --> 00:50:29.130
  • didn't--wasn't looking for any
  • 00:50:29.130 --> 00:50:30.110
  • particular verse.
  • 00:50:30.110 --> 00:50:32.110
  • Sixty-second Psalm, "My soul
  • 00:50:32.110 --> 00:50:34.180
  • waits in silence for God only;
  • 00:50:34.180 --> 00:50:36.250
  • from Him is my salvation."
  • 00:50:36.250 --> 00:50:38.240
  • What I want you to see is this.
  • 00:50:38.240 --> 00:50:40.000
  • God speaks personally to His
  • 00:50:40.180 --> 00:50:43.180
  • children to encourage us.
  • 00:50:43.180 --> 00:50:45.160
  • He knows exactly what we need.
  • 00:50:45.210 --> 00:50:48.210
  • You may say, "Well, I'm going to
  • 00:50:48.210 --> 00:50:50.100
  • ask somebody, show me where to
  • 00:50:50.100 --> 00:50:51.090
  • read."
  • 00:50:51.090 --> 00:50:52.010
  • Ask God to show you.
  • 00:50:52.010 --> 00:50:53.090
  • You know one thing?
  • 00:50:53.090 --> 00:50:54.100
  • God knows--I think about this
  • 00:50:54.100 --> 00:50:56.160
  • and I just want to laugh and cry
  • 00:50:56.160 --> 00:50:58.150
  • at the same time.
  • 00:50:58.150 --> 00:50:59.280
  • And that is, God knows where
  • 00:50:59.280 --> 00:51:01.020
  • every verse is.
  • 00:51:01.020 --> 00:51:02.190
  • Amen?
  • 00:51:02.190 --> 00:51:03.250
  • He knows where every verse is.
  • 00:51:03.250 --> 00:51:05.130
  • He knows where every promise is.
  • 00:51:05.130 --> 00:51:07.260
  • And He says His Word, they are
  • 00:51:07.260 --> 00:51:10.010
  • my counselors.
  • 00:51:10.010 --> 00:51:11.180
  • When I'm hurting, I want the
  • 00:51:11.180 --> 00:51:13.100
  • Counselor of all counselors, the
  • 00:51:13.100 --> 00:51:15.140
  • Word of God.
  • 00:51:15.140 --> 00:51:17.140
  • When you have the Word of God in
  • 00:51:17.140 --> 00:51:18.160
  • your heart, think about this.
  • 00:51:18.160 --> 00:51:20.060
  • You have the living God within
  • 00:51:21.100 --> 00:51:24.100
  • you.
  • 00:51:24.100 --> 00:51:25.170
  • And all of these, this is--these
  • 00:51:25.170 --> 00:51:28.040
  • are His promises and His
  • 00:51:28.040 --> 00:51:30.100
  • directions for walking through
  • 00:51:30.100 --> 00:51:33.030
  • pain, hurt.
  • 00:51:33.030 --> 00:51:35.180
  • And you see, it's interesting
  • 00:51:35.180 --> 00:51:37.110
  • that those in the Scripture who
  • 00:51:37.110 --> 00:51:38.280
  • give us the most instruction
  • 00:51:38.280 --> 00:51:40.110
  • about that also gives us enough
  • 00:51:40.150 --> 00:51:43.150
  • of their biography to see
  • 00:51:43.150 --> 00:51:45.080
  • they've been there before.
  • 00:51:45.080 --> 00:51:46.280
  • They've hurt, they've suffered,
  • 00:51:46.280 --> 00:51:48.160
  • they know.
  • 00:51:48.160 --> 00:51:49.170
  • If somebody speaks about
  • 00:51:49.170 --> 00:51:50.150
  • rejection, look at Jesus, or the
  • 00:51:50.150 --> 00:51:52.090
  • Apostle Paul.
  • 00:51:52.090 --> 00:51:53.140
  • You name it, and in here is not
  • 00:51:53.140 --> 00:51:55.240
  • only a verse, but there is a
  • 00:51:55.240 --> 00:51:57.160
  • life behind it.
  • 00:51:57.160 --> 00:51:59.280
  • And this is the declaration of
  • 00:51:59.280 --> 00:52:01.230
  • their victory.
  • 00:52:01.230 --> 00:52:03.110
  • They walked through it.
  • 00:52:03.110 --> 00:52:05.040
  • They didn't run from it.
  • 00:52:05.040 --> 00:52:06.170
  • They walked through it.
  • 00:52:06.170 --> 00:52:08.090
  • They endured it patiently until
  • 00:52:08.090 --> 00:52:10.130
  • God saw fit to bring it to an
  • 00:52:10.130 --> 00:52:12.080
  • end.
  • 00:52:12.160 --> 00:52:15.160
  • Have you ever trusted Him as
  • 00:52:15.160 --> 00:52:16.290
  • your personal Savior?
  • 00:52:17.040 --> 00:52:20.040
  • Then how do you deal with pain
  • 00:52:20.040 --> 00:52:21.220
  • and hurt and sorrow and sickness
  • 00:52:21.220 --> 00:52:23.110
  • and suffering?
  • 00:52:23.110 --> 00:52:25.180
  • Just taking guesses about this,
  • 00:52:25.200 --> 00:52:28.200
  • that, and the other?
  • 00:52:28.200 --> 00:52:31.080
  • This is the most precious thing
  • 00:52:31.080 --> 00:52:34.000
  • you own.
  • 00:52:34.000 --> 00:52:35.250
  • Do you own a Bible?
  • 00:52:35.250 --> 00:52:38.150
  • If you don't, get one.
  • 00:52:38.150 --> 00:52:41.050
  • Get you a copy of the Word of
  • 00:52:41.050 --> 00:52:42.080
  • God.
  • 00:52:42.140 --> 00:52:45.140
  • And ask God, you may say, "Well,
  • 00:52:45.140 --> 00:52:46.250
  • I don't even know where to
  • 00:52:46.250 --> 00:52:47.190
  • turn."
  • 00:52:47.190 --> 00:52:48.110
  • Here's what you do.
  • 00:52:48.110 --> 00:52:49.020
  • You just say, "Lord, I don't
  • 00:52:49.020 --> 00:52:50.130
  • know where to turn.
  • 00:52:50.130 --> 00:52:51.270
  • I'm looking for a relationship
  • 00:52:51.270 --> 00:52:53.290
  • to You and I want You to show me
  • 00:52:53.290 --> 00:52:56.070
  • what I should read."
  • 00:52:56.070 --> 00:52:59.030
  • Only Christ within you will give
  • 00:52:59.290 --> 00:53:03.010
  • your life a sense of purpose and
  • 00:53:03.010 --> 00:53:05.180
  • make it possible for you to have
  • 00:53:05.180 --> 00:53:07.010
  • joy in your heart, indescribable
  • 00:53:07.010 --> 00:53:09.230
  • peace right in the middle of
  • 00:53:09.230 --> 00:53:12.220
  • heartache and suffering and
  • 00:53:12.220 --> 00:53:13.260
  • loss.
  • 00:53:13.260 --> 00:53:15.220
  • When you receive Jesus Christ as
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  • your Savior, everything changes.
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  • And you become a friend to the
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  • dearest friend a person could
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  • ever have, Jesus Christ, if
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  • you'll ask Him into your life.
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  • And Father, that's my prayer for
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  • every viewer, every listener,
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  • every person seated here.
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  • Thank You for being who You are.
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  • Thank You for being so adequate,
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  • so sufficient, that when our
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  • steps stumble, You're there to
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  • pick us up.
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  • When we're walking in the dark,
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  • it appears You're there to shine
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  • the light ahead of us.
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  • When we feel lonely, You have us
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  • by the hand.
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  • And when we can't hear anything,
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  • You speak to our heart.
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  • I pray that every person
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  • listening, who's never trusted
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  • Jesus, will recognize life
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  • doesn't begin until there is
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  • confession, repentance of sin
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  • and acceptin' Jesus Christ, His
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  • death at the cross as payment
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  • for their sin; receiving Him as
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  • their Savior.
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  • We love You, Father.
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  • We love You for who You are and
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  • all that You do for us.
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  • Love You for thinking about us
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  • when we didn't think about You.
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  • Thank You, Father, that You're
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  • never late.
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  • You're always on time for every
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  • single need.
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  • I pray the Spirit of God will
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  • sink these truths so deep
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  • they're inescapable.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - announcer: What's my role in
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  • the church?
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  • Maybe it's helping those outside
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  • the church get closer to God
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  • while making lasting friendships
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  • or serving those in need while
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  • living and growing with others.
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  • When we share God's love and
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  • support each other, we
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  • participate in the work of
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  • building God's kingdom in our
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  • local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • Continue with us as we find our
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  • place in the whole church.
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  • To learn more, go to
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Photography
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  • gives me an opportunity to share
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  • my heart, to share the truth of
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  • God's Word.
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  • I want to capture something that
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  • God uses to send me a message so
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  • I can share it with you.
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  • - female announcer: For years,
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  • Dr. Charles Stanley has used
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  • photography to express his love
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  • for God's handiwork.
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  • Now we want to share a beautiful
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  • print from his personal
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  • collection with you.
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  • Brighten your day and any space
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  • with this one-of-a-kind piece of
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  • artwork.
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  • To get your free photo print, go
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  • - male: --algorithm to the
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  • Eleven point six verses per day.
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  • And that's how you read through
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  • the Bible in a year.
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  • What do you think?
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  • - announcer: Make
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  • reading through the Bible in a
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  • year easy and rewarding with
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  • "The Charles F. Stanley Life
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Do you
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  • make decisions based on whether
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  • you'll be accepted or rejected?
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  • Or do you respond to God's
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  • commands in your life according
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  • to what you know God teaches in
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  • His Word?
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  • It takes courage to be obedient
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  • to God.
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  • - male announcer: Dr. Charles
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  • Stanley shares his personal
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  • journey of living by faith:
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  • "Courageous Faith: My Story From
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into a
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  • growing relationship with Jesus
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  • Christ and strengthening the
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  • local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by In
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  • Touch Ministries, and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: One of the hardest
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  • things about that day was
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  • telling the children that Mom
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  • had cancer, and to try to help
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  • them understand it was gonna be
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  • okay when I didn't believe I was
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  • going to be okay.
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  • I've learned through Dr. Stanley
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  • that you cannot be full of fear
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  • and full of faith at the same
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  • time.
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  • Every time he says somethin',
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  • I'm like, "Oh, wow, I see it,"
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  • and I get excited because I
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  • and I get excited because I
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